July 27, 2017
Jeevan Ram Shrestha, President of Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) said that following the favorable verdict given by the Supreme Court, NOC would now accelerate their preparations for organizing the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) in Nepal.
Though SAG is scheduled to be held in March 2019, the date could be postponed as Nepal’s only international stadium, the Dasharath Stadium, is yet to be fully renovated after the damage caused by the 2015 earthquake. Any delay in hosting the event on time is bound to raise questions about Nepal’s ability to organize big international sporting events. However, Shrestha said that the government was closely monitoring the situation and that they are committed to hosting the event successfully.
Shrestha also mentioned that since most of the earlier editions of the SAG have not been held as per schedule, the South Asian Olympic Council has stipulated countries that are interested in hosting SAG to submit a guarantee of USD 500,000 from the 14th edition onwards.