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Nepalese Army and Sports

The development of sports in Nepal is not an old phenomenon. It was only after the establishment of Nepal Amateur Athletics Association (NAAA) in 1954, that Nepal put a foothold in world sports. The Nepalese Army has been the main contributor to the development of sports in Nepal. In fact, the sporting history of Nepal reads like the sporting history of the NA. The NA has been the key organization to produce world class athletes to represent Nepal in various international arenas.

With the aim of selecting athletes to represent Nepal in the international arena in order to establish a presence in world sports, the NAAA launched the first track and field meet in 1951 in which the Nepalese Army achieved a grand success. Since then the Nepalese Army has never turned back and has produced large numbers of world class athletes to represent Nepal.

Gajraj Joshi of the Nepalese Army was the first Nepalese athlete to participate in an international event. In 1951, he took part in Asian Games at New Delhi. Similarly the first two Nepalese Olympians, Ganga Bahadur Thapa and Bhupendra Silwal, who participated in the 18th Olympic games held in Japan in 1964, were both from the Nepalese Army. The first international medal for Nepal was won by a Nepalese Army athlete, Jeet Bahadur KC. Listed below are some of the important contributions that the Nepalese Army has made in the the various fields of sports.

No description of the Nepalese Army in sports can be completed without mentioning of the Tribhuvan Club. The Tribhuvan Club is an all Army sports club that has been participating in various sports very successfully.

The Nepalese Army has not only developed world class athletes but after establishment of the Tribhuvan Club, it has also produced large number of national players to represent the country in sports like athletics, football, basketball, volleyball and Boxing.

All these achievements demonstrate the Nepalese Army's commitment towards Nepalese sports.

 

Participation of NA personnel in Olympics
Year
Location
Game
Name of the participants
1964
18th Olympics, Japan
Athletics
  • Rtd Cpl Bhupendra Silwal
  • Rtd Cpl Ganga Bdr Thapa
1972
20th Olympics, Germany
Athletics
  • Rtd WO2 Jit Bhadur KC
  • Rtd Lt Bhakta Bahadur Sapkota
1976
21st Olympics, Canada
Athletics
  • Rtd Sgt Baikuntha Manadhar
1980
22nd Olympics, Russia
Athletics
  • Rtd Sgt Baikuntha Manadhar
  • Rtd Sgt Laxman Basnet
  • Rtd Sgt Mukunda Hari Shrestha
1984
23rd Olympics, USA
Athletics
  • Rtd Sgt Baikuntha Manadhar
  • Rtd Sgt Arjun Pandit
1988
24th Olympics, Korea
Athletics
  • Rtd Sgt Baikuntha Manadhar
  • Rtd Sgt Krishna Basnet
  • Rtd Sgt Tika Bogati
  • Rtd WO2 Dhamber Kuwar
1996
26th Olympics, USA
Athletics
Swiming
  • Rtd Sgt Tika Bogati
  • Rtd Sgt Sitaram Shahi
2000
27th Olympics, Australia
Athletics
Swiming
  • Sgt Gyan Bahadur Gurung
  • Cpl Chitra Bdr Gurung
2004
28th Olympics, Athens
Athletics
  • WO1 Rajendra Bhandari
2008
29th Olympics, China
Athletics
  • WO2 Arjun Basnet
  • Sgt Kamal B Adhakari

 

 
 
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