Nepal Ice Hockey Association has been officially introduced with an aim to boost ice hockey in the country.
The Association officially announced the opening amid a press conference in the capital on Wednesday.
Ice Hockey is an unique sports for Nepal as it has not been in practice so far in the country, said the Association. “The Association is introduced in a bid to promote Nepali tourism side by side with the development of the sports.”
The new Association comprises of 16-member including President Lok Bahadur Shahi and a member from National Sports Council (NSC). Shahi is a former national football players and affiliated with All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).
The Association is also already recognised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), informed the Association’s President Shahi.
“This marks a significant first step in the development of ice hockey in Nepal in an organised manner,” reads a statement of IIHF to the Association.
Shahi also urged all to support their initiatives regarding the development of the sports. Shahi also sought technical and financial support at the international level.
“The international bodies are positive towards the development of ice hockey here.”
The Association has indentified Pokhara, Langtang, Khumjung (Everest region) and Kathmandu as initial areas for the sports. However, Shahi did not unveil the exact locations.
As per the plans of the Association, it will move forward with in-line hockey campaign along with identifying more favourable places for this sports.
Similarly, it will go through schools and organise programmes in order to form the youth teams. It has also plans to hire coaches, technicians, among others, from the neighbouring countries with an objective to introduce junior teams focusing on Junior International Championships in the first phase.