Nepal Current Affairs - 2019

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South Asian Games: India leads with 214 medals

India has won 110 gold, 69 silver and 35 bronze at the South Asian Games, 2019. On the whole India won 214 medals. The event was held in Nepal.

Highlights

In athletics, India won 49 medals that comprised of 23 gold, 20 silver and 6 bronze. India also won two gold and five silver medals in table tennis category. Different cities of Nepal are hosting the event namely Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur.

This year Cricket has also been included after a gap of 8 years. Around 2,715 athletes participated in the event.

South Asian Games

The official mascot of the South Asian Games is a pair of Black bucks. Blackbucks is an endangered species that is found in the southern region of Nepal.

Black Bucks

The Black bucks are also known as Indian Antelope. It is extinct in Bangladesh. It is mainly found in India. The population of Blackbucks declined in 20th century due to excessive hunting, habitat degradation and deforestation. It has been introduced in Argentina and United States recently.

In India, hunting of Blackbucks is prohibited under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

South Asian Games begins in Kathmandu

On December 1, 2019, the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari opened the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. The event is scheduled to be conducted for 10 days. Around 487 athletes are participating from India.

About South Asian Games

The South Asian Games is a biennial multi-sport event that is held among the South Asian countries. It is being conducted since 1983. Currently there are eight members in the event. It includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives.

The governing body of the event is South Asia Olympic Council

South Asia Olympic Council

The Council was formed in 1983 at Islamabad, Pakistan. The country hosting the South Asian games holds the president-ship of the council. The current President of the council is Nepal.

The Council holds South Asian Beach Games and South Asian Winter Games. The Beach Games are usually conducted in the month of September every year and predominantly includes water sports. The South Asian Winter Games includes athletics, skating, swimming, etc.