13 December 2009

Is it better to not have a national team?

After reading an article about Nepal's national basketball team, I was pondering - is it better not to have a national team in some sports and just play the game domestically?

For example - Basketball is already Nepal's most popular school sport and has a positive image. Why then do we need a national team? It's not as though our players will get scouted for foreign leagues and we won't be beating a decent team any time soon. On the contrary being active internationally invites a lot of politics and freeloaders hoping for a few free vacations and buffets into the basketball sphere . Getting pasted in international tournaments risks the sport being ridiculed at home and Nepal's basketball fraternity having low morale. Maybe it is better to keep the sport simple and pure.

As an American basketball fan, I love watching American college basketball and the NBA. I don't really care what the USA national basketball team does, nor do I wish for college and NBA teams to play international sides. It is not because I am inward looking or xenophobic. If you have a great thing going, why mess with it?


  1. What are you taling about???? Nepal is doing good in international performances. In he nightmare of Football and Cricket.......Basketball can be a good option for Nepal in team games...

    Nepal beat kuwait in singapore youth games while nepal beat qatar in Asian indoor games........so basketball is good option

  2. Basketball is a great sport, no doubt. And the more kids we get playing the sport the better. In the USA and Philappines no one cares about the national team. People only follow domestic basketball. So what I am asking is, do we even need national team in some sports. Why not just enjoy it domestically.

    My post is half serious. so don't take it too personally.

  3. I do not agree with you. Very little government money is invested in Basketball in Nepal; infact none. But the results received until now is great. Beating Qater and KUwait in basketball in no joke.

    How much money is invested in Football and Cricket. Nepal Should rather focus on Basketball in team Sports in Nepal. It is space friendly and if planned well, can win silver medal in South Asian Region. Can Football and cricket dream to win silver in South Asia.

  4. Thanks for your post. Love your enthusiasm. My point is why not just have great domestic basketball scene? Why do we need to worry about international basketball. In the Philippines they have great domestic basketball - thousands of fans go to see college games. They don't care about international basketball at all. Can't it be the same in Nepal?

  5. Yes having good domestic basketball is a great way. But in the context of the downfall of football and cricket in Nepal (in the team sports), it would be better to promote Basketball and give it priority it is starting to get result internationaly.