14 October 2010

Tika and Ticket?

In places like England and USA some of the biggest sports events are held on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day and Easter. In Nepal however holidays basically mean a shutdown of any sporting activities. As an example that is why the football league is always held after Dashain and Tihar as sports officials are reluctant to organize events during their holidays.

Where others see a problem, I see opportunity! Holidays are when everyone is free from work/school and together with the family. Wouldn't that be the perfect moment to organize a big sporting event? Call it "Tika and Ticket". It would be a great chance for families to bond and enjoy the passion of sport. It would also provide an opportunity for people returning home to reconnect with their local club, be it a Pokhareli watching Sahara Club or a Jhapali viewing Munal Club. Slowly, a tradition will develop where people know that a given holiday is when xyz sports event is played.

The negatoids will have their excuses, after all making excuses is the biggest sporting tradition in Nepal. Players and officials will also be at home, people will be busy with pooja, etc, etc. Certainly there needs to be some dedication to pull it off. A sportsman needs to decide what is more important for them, the love they get in their village or the glory of playing in front of 30,000 fans. Unfortunately Nepal's sports culture is still at a state where commitment to a sport comes down the pecking order after family, pooja, school and disco-dance bar. Perhaps having sports events during holidays could help slowly change that attitude.
 
 Happy Bijaya Dashami!

9 comments:

  1. Nepal it has strong culture so they less prefer on sports. I like your views about boxing days and other days has more spirts activities but in Nepal sports activities are paralysed almost all the time so it takes long time to be like western
    Ways.

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  2. Dude
    its not UK and USA
    it has got practical difficulties

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  3. Biplav dai,
    I failed to catch up ur blog from last few monthes but now all ready to go for it again...just keep on writing the good stuff which u have been doing so far.

    I appreciated so many writing posted here but no time to comment but this one is interesting to discuss! Brilliant idea but as some comments above, it has practical difficulties. In England yes they have festival bonanza but several of them are raising their eyesbrows and asking for break!!! There are countries who also think Tika and Pooja are more important than this and you have breaks in Spanish, Italian, German League. But Cricket differs...I know India play games during the Dipawali period and there are Boxing Day's fixtures not only in Australia but elsewhere also.
    Once I went to Jhapa during Dashain time and saw so many tournaments are being run...mainly Khasi and Bhale Cup which you will not find in papers. I advise you to contact Bhagirath Ale who graces all these tournaments at least once as he is the busiest person during that time. If you are coming back from somewhere through Jhapa during Dashain time, I strongly recommend you to stay at Jhapa and seek help from Bhagirath Ale...You will be surprised to see those cups...yes...the support, the atmosphere everything is like a festival. And what makes it so special...the stars also get chance to play there as they are back home for festival.
    This is the basic level...there are tournaments in places like Butwal, Ilam, Taplejung, Budhabare, Gaidakot etc on this period (yes of course not on the days of Asthami, Navami, Tika and Ekadahsi). Our tragedy is we are so Kathmandu centric that we see our competitions from a Kathmanduit's point of view. Even if we have this festival fixture in future and the cups are being played in Kathmandu, there is no chance for a Kathmandu-based player to feel same like his fellow players by missing out Dashain at home (it sounds cheap but it has to do with pyschology of players, as several of us Nepali are very emotionally attached with our places where we brought up....even the organizers will find it difficult to get 'Khatne manche' and manpower...and I bet you there will be dearth of spectators in Dashrath Stadium...the regular Dashrath Stadium spectators are not those who stay in Kathamndu during Dashain but on opposit if it is played outside Kathamdu..The Tika and Ticket will be a housefull). But I do agree that there must be a big Cup tourney in between Dashain and Tihar.... still its a festive period and the weather speically at places like Kathmandu and Pokhara is fantastic. - Lemon Break!

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  4. Thanks for your comments Lemon Break. Good to see you back in these parts. I experienced my first ever Dashain in Kathmandu this year and I realized that there is no way a sports tournament on Dashain would work. People are way too busy with Tika, Pooja and meeting relatives. In the west family is basically your immediate family and church is just 1 or 2 hours, so sports fits in perfectly.

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  5. Biplav ji,

    But I am optimistic that we can cash in on these opportunities as festivites and sports go together. You came up with an eye opening idea, I am just thinking how we can manage the bhagambhag of Dashain at the same time cashing on the opportunity!!! I dont know how it works in Kathmandu but outside people go to this 'Mela' so football also can be a part of that Mela..Like the geniune concept of 'Match Day' . A Mela comprizing football tournament can be envisioned!!! You see we used to organize haauji 'bingo' and the local football star (I mean big star but local like Basanta Thapa in Butwal) used to announce the numbers as a special guest...this will fetch the crowd....we can think about this after all the day and evening time before tika is for all to enjoy! Buy Bingo tickets...watch a 60-minute match played by stars.....food court.....bingo number announcement before the match...at the half time...and at the final whistle....lucky winners of bingo and one lucky winnner from from the spectators...players signing autographs...may be events followed by musical concert..... the Morang Football Project, Sahara Football Academy, Madhyapur Thimi can organize this and I am sure the money they fetch from this event will help the project to function throughout the year! Ya but I am diverting from the topic of 'Tikect and Tika'! - LB

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  6. Great ideas. By the way Morang Football Project changed its name to Biratnagar Sports Club.

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