Ban on Futsal centres withdrawn

KATHMANDU: The decision to put a ban on the operation of futsal centres in Kathmandu has been withdrawn.

The ban imposed on futsal centres by Nepal Police on Thursday was lifted a day after following a 15-point agreement reached between the Futsal centre operators and the District Administration Office, Kathmandu.

The centres were shut down after alleged complaints by parents that the centres were becoming a mode for students to do bunks, youths indulging in drug abuse and causing disturbance to neighbours.

As per the agreement, the Futsal centre proprietors would adopt measures to make their business systematic with rules of operation, registration at the concerned authority, installation of CC TV camera, first-aid and prohibiting students in school uniform among others.

There are around 60 Futsal centres in Kathmandu with a reported investment of more than 1.2 billion rupees. Though popular across the world, the miniature version of regular football entered Nepal in 2011. It has been gradually gaining popularity in the country.

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