05 July 2009

What's wrong with Nepali sports (Chapter 1)

I find myself writing so much about the follies of Nepali sports that I have decided instead of cluttering this blog with constant negativity I will just compile all the bloopers in one post and publish it periodically. Here we go:

Football (Uniforms & Logos)

The Nepatop Kheladi Cup featured arguably Nepal's top four football sides - NRT, Three Star, Army and Police. Not one of the teams wore uniforms in their club's primary colors and Army and Three Star did not even bother to paste their badge onto their kits.

Swimming

The darling of the National Games, Karishma Karki, who garnered a record 12 gold medals will not be participating in the FINA swimming world championships because her school exams conflict with the dates of the event.

Swimming Part 2 (Media)
Many of the media outlets noted the four Nepali swimmers headed to the FINA championships but completely failed to mention that Karki was not participating. How can the media possibly ignore the fact that Nepal's record breaking swimmer, who is only a few months removed from her amazing feat, will not be participating in the biggest swimming event of the year?

Asian Youth Games (Basketball)
Nepal's girls basketball team lost to Japan 34-0 in a 3 on 3 basketball match at the Asian Youth Games. On a positive note, they came back the next day to defeat Kuwait for their first ever victory. But 34 - 0! that's just embarrassing.

Asian Youth Games Part 2 (Shooting)

Nepal's shooting team were shocked to learn that Thai Airways would not let them carry their guns to Singapore. How rude of Thai Airways - putting passenger safety ahead of the Asian Youth Games! Despite the fact that they were disarmed, the national shooters, I presume with borrowed equipment, were able to put-up some decent marks. Perhaps the borrowed equipment was better than their own guns? If that's the case - thank you Thai Airways!

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