Nepal Communist Party chairperson and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today identified sports as a base for national unity. “The state should prioritise every sort of sports the country has,” he said, stressing the need for creating an environment in which an athlete can live a respected life and for encouraging athletes.

NCP chair Dahal was inaugurating the Sixth Women’s and Seventh National Men’s Volleyball Tournament at a volleyball court in Pokhara.
He also said the development of Pokhara, a main tourist destination, would help the development of the entire country. Expressing the hope that the under construction Pokhara International Airport would be completed on time, he pledged his initiatives to conserve the Phewa Lake.

The government and concerned ministry would be made to have their attention to the concerns of the general people and tourism entrepreneurs to let Ratna Mandir and Hima Griha in Pokhara open to the public, he said.

The NCP Chair also committed his efforts to taking forward the process to construct Ring Road in Pokhara.Organised by the district volleyball association, Kaski, the separate groups of 14 women and 17 men have participated in the tournament, said the Association’s chairperson Bhim Parajuli.

Winner will receive Rs 30,000 in cash, a medal and a certificate, while first runner-up Rs 20,000, a medal and a certificate and second runner-up Rs 10,000, a medal and a certificate.
Players participating in the tournament will qualify for the South Asian Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Championship slated for the Nepali month of Mangsir.