29 November 2009

Government's role in sports

Whenever Nepali sports is in the gutters, many fans immediately point their fingers at the Government and call on it to do more to assist our national teams and athletes. I disagree. Nepal's government needs to focus on health and education - not any one sports team or elite athlete. That job is the responsibility of the sports associations, but as we know, most of the national sports association are either fast asleep or by a buffet table at a Five Star hotel near you. Therefore, I really get furious when sports associations make demands on the government. The irony is that the same people who ask for government support are the one's who constantly lecture that government should not interfere in sports.

It is great to see the Prime Minister take an interest in the sports sector and I am encouraged that he stated that a firm sports policy needs to be in place. My own policy recommendation would be to not give our sports association a single Rupee. Any money invested in sports by the government should only be allocated to grassroots participation initiatives or projects that help the social and economic well-being of the country, like a sports program that encourages health and exercise or one that promotes tourism to the country. Let the sports associations do their job, the government should not do it for them.


  1. A bit harsh given the condition of sports in Nepal but you are bang on the target. What we read everytime is that they make excuses by saying 'Sarkar udasin cha, no support from sarkar' etc but the fact is that our sports associations are in dying need of overhauling. They function if they get money from the government and those money are not invested properly. I guess around 15 percent maximum of those donations go to the players' benefit.
    The task of government should be developing the infrastructure and condusive enveronment for the game but not helping the sports association. But since there is a crunch of financial backing for the associations, they must get something from the government easing the pressure of international participation. (Volleyball is example, few years back they were supposed to go to Bangladesh via road to participate in one of the volleyball events but it took around 10 months for them to get the budget and since the Bangladesh tournament was already over they went to Asham to play and the budget allocated was 60,000. Such a pathetic situation we are in. A sports like Volleyball [definately the most played and may be popular game in nepal] should be treated fairly) Whenever we have bad performance (99 percent of cases in Nepali sports) we say lack of training, short closed-camp, no finance, no government help but no one argues about how the associations are carrying out the development of the game. To play in the World Cup and Euro there is less than one-month camp and here we are not satisfied even with two-month camp. Again, my point is we are taking digine for our headache and aspirin for our gass. - Lemon Break

  2. You raise a great point Lemon Break jee. I find it hilarious that associations talk about the need for long camp (3-4 months). When, in football for example, at the very most England, Brazil will not have more than 1 week practice before a big match. Even before a World Cup, the training camp will be a maximum of 3 weeks.