Province 2: The preparations have been completed for the South Asian Games wrestling events. Wrestling event has been scheduled at the covered hall of Dhanusha District Sports Development Committee.
The president of the committee, Kamal Kishor Chaudhary claimed that the covered hall of the venue for the wrestling events had been spruced up the 10-day regional sports extravaganza which kicks off in December 1.Rs 2million has allocated by the National Sports Council for the renovation of the covered hall.
Chaudhary said that the other arrangements regarding accommodation and security of the participating athletes and officials have been completed. He mentioned-” We have already briefed the National Sports Council, Nepal Olympic Committee, and the ministries regarding the arrangements. As the covered hall can only accommodate 500 spectators, we are arranging fan zones outside the main venue and around the Janaki temple area where the matches will be projected live.”
Wrestlers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will be vying with Nepali contestants for 14 gold medals, each under seven men’s and women’s categories. 14 wrestlers, two managers, and five coaches are fielding in each participating country. The teams are planning to arrive on December 3 as per schedule.
The men’s competition will be held under seven weight categories: 57kg, 65kg, 70kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg and 125kg. Women will contest in seven: 50kg, 53kg, 55kg, 57kg, 59kg, 62kg and 68kg. From December 6 to 9, the wrestling competitions will take place.
Chief Minister, Lal Babu Raut attained the inaugural ceremony in Janakpur among other dignitaries, in attendance. The Games organizers are planned to welcome the participants with a colorful opening ceremony featuring traditional performances from the artists of Mithila Art Drama Council.
He said the provincial government would everything in this power to make the event a grand success. As wrestling is closely connected to the prestige of our province, we won’t leave any stone unturned to achieve that goal.
A series of discussions held with the Province 2 government, Janakpurdham Sub-metropolis, District Administration Office and security departments for a smooth organization of the event by the National Sports Council.
The District Sports Development Committee said-” All state security mechanisms would be deployed to rule out any untoward incidents.”
Dhanusha Superintendent of Police, Shekhar Khanal said that they were not leaving anything to chance on the security of the athletes. More than 600 policemen will be deployed. They will be accompanied by special squads along with the bomb squad of the Nepal Army. He mentioned that they are yet to receive information on the accommodation facility, the exact number of participating athletes and the routes they would be used to and from the Games venue.
The further assurance came from the province’s Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Gyanendra Yadav said the provincial government had carried out preparations to make the wrestling competitions disciplined and successful. He added-“This is the first international sporting event that is being held in Janakpur. The province government will extend all necessary support for the purpose. The wrestling events will be held after Vivah Panchami on December 1. This occasion serves both as a challenge and opportunity for Janakpur.”