14 February 2010
The "M" word
It's like profiting from sport in anyway is a deadly sin in Nepal, which is quite ironic as that's what most of our sports officials are doing under the table. Perhaps if we were more open about making a good living through sports we would witness less of the shenanigans we currently see in the sports sector. I have heard stories as low as one sports official watering down orange juice for youth players so he could save a few rupees for himself.
Stealing and corruption is wrong, but being entrepreneurial or getting paid for handwork is right and should be promoted. If officials are doing a great job, they deserve a salary. If a sportsman has a business idea related to sport they should receive our encouragement. A thriving sports economy visa-vi player agents, sports marketing agencies, sports academies, etc. will only enhance Nepali sports. It will bring increased professionalism to the sports sector and create a much needed job market for those in the sports sector. Making money through sports is a good thing.