The government has felicitated Bimala Tamang, the only medalist in the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, with Rs. 1 million on Friday.
Prime Sushil Koirala handed over the amount and certificate to Bimala amid the program organized at the Prime Minister´s residence in Baluwatar.
Congratulating Bimala for her feat, Koirala said that the government will concentrate on developing the Nepali sports scene.
“The government has not been able to provide enough facilities sportsperson deserve,” said Koirala adding “It is because of the current political instability that players are not being encouraged for their achievement. But I want to assure you that things will improve soon and Nepali sports will go a long way.”
Bimala, who bagged a bronze medal in the individual Kata in Karate, said that she was proud to promote her country at the international level.
“I am thankful for the government of Nepal for reckoning my contribution in promoting my country at the international stage. Our flag fluttered alongside other nations´ at the award ceremony, and I am content that I could make it happen,” said she.
Bimala went as far as claiming gold medal in the next Asian Games.
“This time I had to be content with a bronze medal. I want everybody to trust me that I will win gold in the next Asian Games,” she added.
Prime Minister Koirala assured that the government will support Bimala in achieving her promise.
“I have never imagined being a Prime Minister but it was out of coincidence,” said Koirala. “You have showed your determination to win gold in the next Asian Games. Government will fully support you in your mission.”
Koirala and Minister for Youths and Sports Purushottam Paudel also felicitated Bimala´s coach Dhurba Bikram Malla and President of Nepal Karate Federation Purendra Bikram Lakhe.
Minister Paudel, congratulating Bimala on behalf of the government and MoYS, wished Bimala for bigger success.
“This is the national felicitation bestowed to you according to the declaration made by the government for winning medals at the international tournaments.”
Altogether 204 players have represented Nepal in 25 sports at the Asian Games in Incheon.