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NOC takes stock of preparation for upcoming SAG

NOC takes stock of  preparation for upcoming SAG
KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) on Wednesday held meeting with representatives of all 22 sports associations to discuss over the preparation for the upcoming South Asian Games to be held in Assam and Guwahati, India from December 10-20.

Representatives of the associations that will take part in the SAG briefed about players' training and other sorts of preparation during the meeting, which was also attended by National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista, according to the NOC. They also suggested to the NOC to initiate for the inclusion of karate events that carries high chances of medals for Nepal. Karate has been excluded from the SAG.
Similarly, they demanded that there should be gender equality in the games as women's events in boxing, cycling, football, volleyball and wushu have also been excluded.

NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha assured that he would raise the issues during the meeting of South Asian Olympic Council in Chennai, India for the preparation of the 12th SAG on Sunday.

The NOC has said that it will initiate for the inclusion of all sports disciplines of the 11th SAG held in Bangladesh and back gender equality during Sunday's meeting.

Meanwhile, as per reports in India media, Indian Olympic Association has decided to shift the venue of the 12th SAG to Kerala from Assam and Guwahati due to changing political scenario of the country.

However, NOC President Shrestha claimed that the 12th SAG will be held in Assam and Guwahati. "All sorts of preparations are being done in Assam and Guwati. If venues have to be changed then there should have been a meeting of all countries. But we have not been informed about it," said Shrestha, adding, "There were no such discussions regarding shifting the venues during the meeting of Olympic Council of Asia (ACO) held two weeks ago. However, they have called for a meeting in Chennai on Sunday but the venues have not been changed so far," claimed Shrestha.

Host India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan and the Maldives will take part in the sporting extravaganza of South Asia.

Games included in the 12th SAG

Archery (men/women), athletics (men/women), badminton (men/women), basketball (men/women), handball (men/women), hockey (men/women), judo (men/women), kabaddi (men/women), kho-kho (men/women), shooting (men/women), squash (men/women), swimming (men/women), table tennis (men/women), wrestling (men/women), triathlon (men/women), boxing (men), cycling (men), football (men), taekwondo (men), volleyball (men), weightlifting (men), wushu (men).