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Now, volleyball the national sport of Nepal

Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, plays volleyball with friends during a break in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES . TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Kathmandu, May 23, 2017: The government has decided to recognize volleyball as the national sport of Nepal. A Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Monday had made the decision.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports had forwarded a proposal to the Ministerial Cabinet seeking the recognition.

Earlier, the Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA) had been demanding that volleyball be recognized as the national sport, citing the game can be played within smaller spaces and in any kind of geographical terrain and it being economically accessible to most of the people.

The NVA has thanked the government for the decision.

Prior to this, kabaddi and dandibiyo were considered to be the national games of Nepal.

Photo Courtesy: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters