Under-pressure NSC raise athletes’ allowance

KATHMANDU: Following the pressure exerted by the players, the National Sports Council (NSC) on Friday raised the diet allowance for the 11th South Asian Games (SAG) preparing athletes to Rs 250 per day.

The NSC were giving

Rs 100 per day but the sports governing body was forced

to raise the amount following the pressure from the

Nepal National and International Players Association (NNIPA). The regional games is scheduled to be held in Dhaka, from January 29 to February 9 next year.

“Our general meeting on Friday decided to increase the amount for the athletes,” said the NSC Member Secretary Hari Babu Chaudhary. “We were to decide on

that matter on our Sunday’s board meeting but the

players didn’t agree and we had to fulfill their demands,” added Chaudhary.

A total of 465 players and 95 coaches are training for the regional meet in the first phase ‘B’ of the three phase training package runNSC. The players’ numbers were reduced after 676 players and 127 coaches participated in the first phase ‘A’.

The NSC earlier assured

of raising the diet allowance after the completion of phase ‘A’ but they did not keep

their words after it ended on September 24. The NNIPA

on Thursday met with the Youth and Sports Minister Ganesh Nepali and NSC Member Secretary Chaudhary demanding the increment on diet allowance.

“The NSC were pronlonging to take action saying the topic will be discussed on Sunday’s board meeting but we pressurised them to take the action by Friday,” said NNIPA President Dipak Bista.

The first phase ‘B’ ends on November 17 and the players will then be selected for the second phase commencing from November 18 to December 29. The third phase will start from December 30 and end on January 28.