Nepal is gearing up to host the 13th edition of the prestigious South Asian Games (SAG).
The South Asian Games Preparation and Management Committee has come up with a budget estimate of NPR 5.26 billion for the 13th South Asian Games (SAG).
Committee and Vice President of National Sports Council Pitambar Timsina presented a report on the estimated budget to Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Sunar at a program on June 17, 2019.
As per the report, NPR 880 million has been allocated for preparation, NPR 714.6 million for event management, NPR 30 million for sports management and NPR 502.6 million for security management.
After grant and approval from the Finance Ministry, the Sports Ministry will prepare working procedures of the 16 committees for the 13th SAG.
Taskforce Coordinator Timsina said the budget estimate was finalized after holding discussions with experts. He admitted that budget estimate was high and had amounted to NPR 5.26 billion only after including technical trainings and coaching sessions for the upcoming games.
He added that a flexible budget would help in the event’s smooth implementation.
Furthermore, the committee has estimated NPR 714.682 million for ceremony management, NPR 12.905 million for hospitality, NPR 20.297 million for volunteering mobilization, NPR 1.299 billion for sports materials, tools and kit management among others.
The 13th South Asian Games are scheduled from December 1-10, 2019.