2017 is a special year for Nepal especially because of sports and entertainment and the national and international-level events the country has hosted during the year.
Here are some of the major sports, entertainment and other highlights:
This year, Nepal proved its mark across various renowned national and global-level sports competitions such as ACC U-16 Cricket Championship Eastern Region, World Martial Peace Cup 2017, EPL Twenty20 Cricket, International Wheelchair Twenty20 Cricket, International Wheelchair Basketball, ACC U-19 Cricket Youth Asia Cup 2017, World Powerlifting Championship, International Taekwondo Championship, World Junior Judo Championship, ICC World Cricket League Championship, to name a few.
Continuing the pace, Nepal has already announced its team for 2018 Street Child World Cup, the International Football Tournament.
Nepal has also left its mark in the global beauty pageants through its contestants: Miss World 2017, Miss World 2017, Teen Nepal 2017 Pageant, Miss Deaf Asia 2017, among others.
Nepali film industry drew a special recognition in the New York Nepali Film Festival by winning three awards for its indigenous film Lomba.
Nepali Film Director Deepak Rauniyar achieved global recognition for his films Highway and White Sun, and The New York Times named him among ‘The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch’.
Kutu ma Kutu, a Nepali song from a Nepali movie Dui Rupaiyan, has also registered a new record on YouTube with over 10 million views within just 49 days of its release. This was a rare feat a Nepali music video has ever achieved till then.
A renowned Nepali music band Nepathya also completed its 25 years of musical journey in 2017.
Besides, various Nepali musicians have also embarked on foreign tours attracting huge global audience across countries such as London, among others.
Nepal also hosted many national and international level events in 2017 including: 11th edition of the South Asian film festival called Film Southasia (FSA)- A festival of South Asian documentaries, South Asian Conference, Biggest Online Food Festival by Foodmandu, photo exhibitions, Nepal Chamber Expo 2017, Global Conference on Climate Change, 15th Handicraft Trade Fair and 13th Craft Competition of Nepal, among others.
Nepal has many inspiring people and stories to speak about.
In a major update in 2017, the Government of Nepal honored the renowned Nepali scholar and writer Satya Mohan Joshi with the ‘‘Litterateur of the Century’ title on August 23, 2017.
Meanwhile, Nepali golfer Pratima Sherpa also rose to fame in 2017 as the country’s first professional female golfer.
Pratima Sherpa (18), a girl born to a couple working in the Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC) course next to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, never thought that she would become Nepal’s top-rated female golf player.
The internationally-acclaimed Nepali surgeon and the Founder & Executive Director of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s thoughts and vision were featured in Genius, the world’s first 3D-printed book, in September 2017.