MAKAWANPUR: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal laid the foundation stone of the National Sports Academy here at Gauritar on Thursday.

PM Nepal vowed to provide necessary help to complete the Academy, the first of its kind in Nepal. Accepting the fact that the sports was never in government’s priority list, the PM also appealed the locals to contribute in the construction of the Academy.

The National Sports Council (NSC), sports’ governing body of the country, has estimated to complete the project in five years and at the cost of Rs 2.5 billion.

The NSC is constructing the Academy on the 22.5 bighas of land in Gauritar, Hetauda, which was allocated to build multipurpose sports covered hall some 25 years ago. The NSC has planned to invest Rs 20.5 million in the first phase to build the four-side wall, temporary hostel and football ground, said NSC Member Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha, while presenting the work-plan of the Academy.

The NSC has aimed to build indoor and outdoor facilities for almost all the sports disciplines, hostel and recreation centre within the Academy. Apart from the practice ground for cricket, the Academy will have swimming pool, judo and gym halls and multipurpose covered hall. The Academy will also incorporate the academic programmes, graduation and post graduation in all the sports disciplines, sports research units and training for players and coaches.

The NSC has planned to raise Rs 11.5 million per year from the local tax from Makawanpur district, informed Member Secretary Shrestha. “After the completion of the Academy, the players can be trained in scientific way,” said Shrestha.

Secretary at the Youth and Sports Ministry Shyam Prasad Mainali said that the budget

allocated by the government for sports was inadequate.

President of Makawanpur District Sports Development Committee Haribol Mahat said the project would be completed within the time frame with the help of local people.