The Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha on Friday handed over sport kits to athlete Gopi Chandra Parki, who has earned a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Shrestha gave away training shoes, running spike and competition shoes to long-distance athlete Parki, who confirmed the Olympics participation after winning the sixth Dhara Nepalgunj Marathon in November last year.

Shrestha urged Parki to prepare well and at least break the South Asian record of 2:15:03 set by Baikuntha Manandhar. Shrestha also said the NOC was planning to send athlete Parki and his coach Santosh Shrestha to Hokkaido, Japan for three-month training before the Olympic Games.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 27, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.