Kathmandu, December 16
The second National Sports Congress organised by the Nepal Olympic Committee began here today.
Presidents, general secretaries and officials of 26 national sports associations affiliated with the NOC are taking part in the two-day Congress, which is being held after five years. The first edition was held in 2011.
The first day began with the theme of Women Empowerment in Sports presented by Kazakhstan’s Natalya Sipovich, Chairperson of Women’s Committee at Olympic Council of Asia.
Suraj Vaidya, Former President of FNCCI, presented the Marketing and Sponsor theme, while Member of NOC Medical Commission Indra Bahadur Gurung had a session on Sports Psychology and Motivation. NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha talked about Mission 2020.
Other topics on the first day included the structure of Olympic Movement by former NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan apart from summary and discussion by NOC Vice-president Purendra Bikram Lakhe.
Earlier, NOC President Shrestha inaugurated the Congress. Former Youth and Sports Minister Purushottam Paudel, OCA Women’s Committee Chairperson Natalya Sipovich, President of Nepal Sports Journalists Forum Mahesh Acharya, NOC General Secretary Lama Tendi Sherpa and Member Samim Miya Ansari addressed the opening ceremony. NOC Vice-president Jyoti Rana was also present on the occasion.
The second day of the Congress is scheduled to begin with a meditation class for the participants to be conducted by Dr Chintamani Gautam of Nepal Yoga Centre. President of NOC Medical Commission Dr Saroj Krishna Shrestha will conduct a session on anti-doping, while NOC Executive Secretary Sujan Lal Shrestha will teach the officials about procedures of participation in games and Olympic Solidarity Programme.
Likewise, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Youth and Sports Choodamani Paudel will talk about current sports policy of the government of Nepal, while President of Children International Sports Games Dr Dmitry Glushko will conduct a session on Children International Sports Games.
Ujjwal Acharya, South Asia Coordinator of International Federation of Journalists and NSJF Member, will deal about Media and Sports. NOC Member Tej Bahadur Gurung is scheduled to make his presentation on organising and management of sports event. A motivational movie in sports will be shown to the participants before NOC General Secretary Lama Tendi Sherpa concludes the Congress with his closing remarks.
A version of this article appears in print on December 17, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.