| June 27, 2019

NOC organizes Earthquake Memorial Day

KATHMANDU, April 24: Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) organized Earthquake Memorial Day on Sunday to pay tribute to the sportspersons and people from other walks of life who died in the devastating earthquake of April 25 last year, according to a statement issued by NOC.

During the occasion, Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha handed over checks worth Rs 40,000 to 23 people related to the sports sector who either lost their lives or were affected by the quake, the statement further reads.

“Today we are recalling a forgettable day that we cannot forget. We hope that such devastataion never befalls on people of any country,” said NOC President Shrestha while addressing the sportspersons gathered on the Nepal Olympic Committee premises.

“We need to learn lessons from the devastation and we organized this program to give this message. We will give continuity to this program every year to mark the anniversary of the quake that killed over 9000 people across the country,” added Shrestha.

President Shrestha further said that the country is yet to rebuild the sports infrastructures damaged by the quake and this program was a reminder for that as well.

“Players are still training in risky condition. We hope that such situation ends soon,” he said.

NOC member Nilendra Shrestha said that altogether 10 athletes lost their lives during the quake.

}According to him, NOC had already distributed relief to 57 athletes and this was the second time NOC was providing help to those who missed out on the first time.

Those who received support on Sunday were Dilip Kumar Karki (athletics), Ang Babu Lama (wushu), Sulachana Sujakkhwa (karate), Hira Thapa (squash), Tej Bahadur Shrestha (boxing), Gyanendra Shakya (boxing), Sewak Thapa (karate), Birendra Ranjit (judo), Gyan Bahadur Bohara (athletics), Phatta Bahadur Lama (wushu), Sanjay Ranjit (karate), Ishwor Karki (swimming), Mohan Das Basukaral (table tennis), Surya Narayan Shrestha (judo), Mohan Karmacharya (athletics), Milan Bhakta Hada (football), Mohan Sunuwar (judo), Kamal Bhandari (tennis), Krishna Basnet (athletics), Laxmi Magar (cycling), Binod Prajapati (athletics), Keshab Shrestha (volleyball) and Suman Bhomjan (journalist).

NOC also organized painting and pottery workshop to mark the first anniversary of the quake. Likewise, the participants lit candles forming the shape of Nepal in memory of the departed souls.