Kathmandu, May 14: The Nepalese Ministry for Youth and Sports has unveiled the logo and mascot of the 13th South Asian Games.
Nepal will be hosting the sporting extravaganza of the South Asian region from December 1-10 in Pokhara but presently the country struggling to complete the construction of the infrastructure in time.
Due to delay in the reconstruction of the Dasharath Stadium damaged by 2015 earthquake and snail-paced development of the new and upgradation of existing facilities, there are still doubts if the event would be held on time.
The biennial event, originally scheduled for March 2018, has been postponed thrice before the new date was set two months ago.
Putting an end to the debate, Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bishwakarma Sunar unveiled the logo and mascot of the multi-disciplinary event at his office in Singha Durbar on Monday.
The logo of the Games, designed by artist Bholanath Paudyal, has a flying pigeon, symbol of peace. The body of the pigeon is the portrayal of mountains to describe Nepal as a Himalayan nation. The seven feathers of the flying bird represent seven members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, though the sub continental body has eight members after Afghanistan gained membership in 2005.
Endangered species blackbuck has been picked as the mascot of the Games. A three-member logo selection committee headed by Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha selected the logo through an open competition. “We received six designs through the open competition and Paudyal had the best,” said Shrestha.
“We picked blackbuck as the mascot to impart a message of conservation of the animal which is an endangered species found in the western region of the country.”
National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista promised that the Games would not be postponed or delayed due to infrastructure anymore.