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President bids farewell to Nepali team for Winter Youth Olympic  Games

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Monday bade farewell to a three-member Nepali team that will take part in the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway fromFebruary 12-21.

The Nepali team includes only one player – skier Safal Ram Shrestha, who will compete in the slalom and giant slalom events of Alpine skiing in the 10-day tournament. Sunil Kumar Shrestha and Ram Prasad Gurung are the other members of the Nepali team.

President Bhandari wished success to the team during a function organized at the President’s House in Shital Niwas, Maharajgunj.

The function was graced by Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) Vice President Jyoti Rana in the presence of Nepal Ski Association’s Secretary Bijay Shrestha, Treasurer Jitendra Shrestha and NOC’s Rajan Shrestha were present during the function.

Altogether 71 countries will participate in the Winter Youth Olympics. This is the second time Nepal is participating in the games. Nepal’s maiden participation in the Winter Youth Olympics was during the 2012 edition held in Innsbruck, Austria, where Bibas Lama had represented the country in skiing.