KATHMANDU, May 18: National Sports Council (NSC) introduced a new working procedure and structure of its training department giving top priority to nine sports disciplines.
NSC has picked athletics, karate, taekwando, wushu, boxing, volleyball, football, basketball and cricket as the sports of top priority while judo, archery, shooting, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis, wrestling, swimming, kabaddi, gymnastics, chess and bodybuilding are categorized as second priority sports.
Likewise, handball, hockey, cycling, golf, squash, lawn tennis, triathlon, equestrian, soft tennis as well as snooker and billiard are considered as developing games and are kept under third priority group. According to NSC, all the non-official sports get fourth priority.
"Games with scope of winning international medals and with huge participation are given top priority while medal oriented games with less participation are given second priority," explained NSC Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama. "We have introduced training procedure accordingly and we´ll invest on the development of concerned game as per its priority," he added.
NSC restructured the training department at the central and introduced regional training center in all five regions to carry out special training programs for the games of top priority and general training programs for the rest of the games.
"There was not a fixed working procedure and coaches were haphazardly deployed at the regional and district offices. The new working procedure will help decentralize training programs," said Lama.
NSC´s board meeting on Thursday approved the working procedure, which classifies districts in three categories. According to NSC, 16 districts are slated on top tier, 25 districts on the second tier and 34 districts are slated as the third tier districts.
"Training programs for top priority games will be conducted in the top tier district. This classification is for managing technical work force within the NSC for maximum outputs," said Lama.
Meanwhile, NSC introduced the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) Preparation Regulation as well as Financial Regulation on Thursday.
NSC has set three phases of training programs for the preparation of the 12th SAG to be held in Delhi, India. After initial phase of training of all the gold and silver medalists of the Sixth National Games, qualification tournaments will be conducted for the second and third phase trainings. Potential players with special reasons for not participating in the Sixth National Games would get a chance to challenge the medal winners before the second phase of training.
"We will conduct semi-closed camp trainings in the second phase and closed camp trainings in the third phase. At the later stage of the closed camp training, we´ll try send athletes for overseas training," said Lama.
NSC has also decided to provide Rs 500 daily allowance to the athletes from outside Kathmandu valley who participate in the first phase of training while Rs 250 will be provided to the athletes from the valley. In the second phase of training all the athletes will get Rs 600 daily. Likewise, players in the closed camp training will get Rs 800 each as daily allowance and Rs 150 each as pocket money.
"We have introduced all the programs expecting the 12th SAG would be on schedule as Indian Olympic Association had proposed the date of February 13-20, 2013 for hosting the Games," said Lama.
NSC has decided to form a technical board and formulated a regulation to take it forward. NSC Member Secretary would lead the 14-member board. Lama, a sports medicine expert and a dietician would be invited members of the board.
"Till date every decision is taken by the NSC board but now onwards technical issues would be discussed in the technical board and only endorsed by the NSC board," said Lama.
Asian Beach Games
Meanwhile, NSC decided to provide Rs 500,000 each associations which will send players for the Third Asian Beach Games to be held in China. Nepal is participating in beach volleyball, beach basketball and climbing in the tournament and altogether 17 athletes are set to go to China. "We have already asked the Ministry of Finance to provide Rs 500,000 each to the three discipline and we hope we´ll get it soon," said Lama.
NSC also decided to restructure President Running Shield and add five more games in the school level national tournament. The tournament used to feature only athletics and volleyball but NSC decided to add five more games, namely --Karate, taekwando, wushu, football and cricket. The President Running Shield is organized at district level, regional level and national level.