|Nepal to host 13th South Asian Games in 2018
Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha received the prestigious flag of the South Asian Olympic Council (SAOC) during the closing ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati, India on Tuesday as Nepal will be hosting the next edition in Kathmandu in 2018.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran handed over the host’s flag to Nepal during the closing ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
“I feel honored today holding this prestigious flag of SAOC to host its 13th series in Nepal in the year 2018. It will be the 3rd time after we successfully conducted the 1st edition in 1984 and the 8th edition in 1999 in Kathmandu,” said NOC President Shrestha, adding, “It makes me honored and have immense pleasure to be a part of this closing ceremony of this historical event in this beautiful city of Guwahati.”
The NOC president thanked the IOA, the government of India, the city of Guwahati and the city of Shillong on behalf of the NOC, himself and the people of Nepal for successfully hosting the 12thSouth Asian Games 2016.
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to those seniors who initiated this significant event from Nepal in the year 1984. I also express my appreciation to those people who carried out this noble event successfully till the 12th series,” added Shrestha.
“With the conclusion of 12th Games, we have gathered enough experience. We will do our utter most to make the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal a memorable one.”
During the closing ceremony, NOC President Shrestha underlined the importance of sport as it plays vital role for social change. According to him, sport unites people and nations, it brings social integrity, peace and prosperity.
He expressed hopes that the South Asian Games would bring social integration, regional cooperation and strengthen the Olympic movement to live the life with Olympic values in the region.
“I would also like to thank the government of Nepal and the honorable Minister of Youth and Sports of Nepal Mr Satya Naran Mandal for the strong commitment and support to host the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal,” said Shrestha.
“Finally, we are eagerly waiting to welcome you all, at the roof of the world, the country with Mount Everest, the birth place of Lord Buddha and the holy Pasupatinath. The paradise of natural beauties awaits you! Long Live South Asian Games. See you in Nepal!” concluded Shrestha.
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