With the dispute between the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the National Sports Council (NSC) Member-Secretary finally resolved, the sports' governing body on Tuesday started preparations for players from 12 disciplines participating in the Incheon Asian Games.
109 players reported to the closed camps on Tuesday to start intensive training. Similar clinics for 33 more players from six other disciplines at the Asiad, scheduled for September 19 to October 4 in Incheon, South Korea, will start on August 17, NSC Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama said.
The final selection of those representing the country will be done at a later date.
The players joining the closed camps on Tuesday include the men and women’s cricket teams with 15 players each, wushu with 13, taekwondo with 12, nine in athletics, eight each in Karate, badminton and boxing; six each in table tennis and judo; four in triathlon, three in weight lifting and two in wrestling, Harihar Shrestha, the director of the National Team Preparation Committee, said.
The 61 men and 48 women will be in the camp for a month and a half.
Shrestha says the remaining players are from swimming, shooting, cycling, golf, lawn tennis and soft tennis.
“As the players of these disciplines are training in different places in Nepal and abroad, we have set closed camps for them from August 17.” said NSC member secretary Yuvaraj Lama. “However, the council is providing them a stipend of Rs 210 per day.”
Lama is hopeful about karate, taekwondo, boxing, wushu, weight lifting, triathlon, archery and soft tennis earning medals for Nepal at the Asian Games.
Players competing in these eight disciplines will train under expert foreign coaches, Lama says. Some are already working with the squads while various other related governing associations are in the process of recruiting coaches. The national boxing team is going to Thailand for additional training.
In previous Asiads, Nepal has won medals in taekwondo, boxing and karate.
For now, the government has allocated a budget of Rs 50 million for the preparations although NSC had requested Rs 58 million for preparations, Lama said.
“Each player gets Rs 1,500 daily when in the closed camp for diet and accommodation.”
The chances of final intensive training sessions for players was uncertain until Thursday but a dispute resolution meeting between Lama and sports minister Purusottam Poudel concluded on a positive note.
Poudel also issued a five-point directive for organising the training sessions and for the funding of associations before flying off to Norway.
The Ministry and the governing body have been at loggerheads since Poudel expelled Lama along with other NSC officials early this year. Lama, who was appointed in July 2011, is affiliated to CPN (Maoist) while Poudel is from CPN (UML).
Poudel also appointed Tendi Sherpa as the vice-president of NSC and formed a separate Asiad Games Preparation Committee.
The final list of players flying to South Korea is expected to be decided by NSC board meeting once Poudel returns.