The 13th South Asian Games (SAG) has been inaugurated on Sunday evening amidst a posh function at the Dasarath Stadium, Tripureshwore.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari announced the official commencement of the biggest ever sporting mega event of the South Asia at 17: 57 pm and welcomed the visiting guests.
According to member Secretary of NSC Ramesh Silwal” Event was grand and one of its kind in the history of SAG”.
The newly reconstructed Dasarath Stadium has been decorated colorfully for the ceremony.
The opening ceremony will last for 3 hours and 14 minutes. The ceremony has featured cultural performances, traditional dances and national songs of seven participating nations.
The ceremony has also presented dazzled fireworks and other acts based on modern light and sound technologies.
About 5000 delegates and athletes from seven countries are participating in over 28 sports disciplines (including beach volleyball and 3´3 basketball), which will be held in 29 sports venues in three cities viz. Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur. About 3,000 athletes will compete for 324 golds, 324 silvers and 487 bonzes.
National Sports Council has also arranged to live stream the inaugural ceremony in big screen in 25 different locations.
Players from all seven South Asian countries has paraded in the ceremony.
Although Nepal is hosting SAG for the third time, it is the first time that the games are being held in three different cities, where, the capital city will be hosting 21 disciples, Pokhara eight and Janakpur one match.The regional meet started in Nepal under the banner of South Asian Federation Games in 1984 and it returned for the second time in 1999.
According to Sources,Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli who is currently hospitalized due to his surgery caught the entire opening ceremony on television.