Nepal is optimistic in winning medals in the 18th edition of Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 that will be held from August 18 to September 2, 2018, in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
Speaking at the press conference in the capital on Wednesday, National Sports Council (NSC) member-secretary Keshav Kumar Bista expressed his confident in bringing more medals in this ASIAD.
Due to players’ confident and their training and coaching abroad for a long period, Bista expects good result in the Asian Games. “We have sent players of 19 games for abroad trainings.”
So far, Nepal had won total 23 medals – a silver medal and 22 bronze medals. Nepal has been successful in winning medals in only three Games - a silver medal and 13 bronze medals in Taekwondo, six bronze in Boxing and three bronze in Karate.
This is the first time that Nepal is participating in maximum 29 games in the ASIAD – 23 games will be held in the capital city Jakarta and six in Palembang. Nepal has been continuously participating in the ASIAD since 1953, except in the year 1954 (Philippines) and (1962) Indonesia.
Member-secretary Bista said that Nepal’s competition in these 29 Games was also as part of the preparation to 13th South Asian Games. Nepal is hosting the 13th SAG.
Altogether, 285 including 185 players (Men 129 and Women 65), 48 coaches, 24 managers, 27 officials and an analyst will travel to Indonesia for the Games, according to NSC. “The estimated cost for the Asian Game is Rs 70 million. Of the total cost, Rs 50 million is supported by the government.”