Nepal has reached the final stage of preparation for the 13thSouth Asian Games 2019, which will be held between December 1-10, 2019.
A six-member security management committee has been formed under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sarbendra Khanal in view of the upcoming games. National Sports Council Fanindra Paudel is the Committee Secretary.
The committee comprises of Armed Police Force DIG Chandra Prakash Gautam, Brigadier General of the Nepal Army Himanshu Khadka, DIG Deepak Thapa and Director of National Investigation Department Laxman Gurung.
A total of 22,000 personnel including 14,000 from the Nepal Police, 6,000 from Armed Police Force and 2,000 plainclothes police officers will be deployed for the security of the event. The sports events will be conducted across Janakpur, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Pokhara.
Close to 8,000 people including 5,000 players, coaches and assistants from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives and Pakistan will be taking part in the event.
Earlier, the Nepal National Sports Council was under question for its ability to host the event due to postponement of the game several times before its upcoming date. The sports authority was reluctant to host the games as the Dasharath stadium has been under renovation for a long time.
With the stadium works close to completion now, Nepal is not only in a position to host the 13th South Asian Games but will also utilize the venue to inaugurate the Visit Nepal Year 2020.