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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.

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India to participate in 2020 Olympics

India is scheduled to participate in Olympics 2020 that is to be conducted in Tokyo between 24 July 2020 and 9 August 2020. Indian athlete made their official debut in 1900 Olympics that was held in Paris. However, they appeared continuously in every edition since 1920.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, shot putter Inderjeet Singh were to participate in the Olympics in 2020. However, Inderjeet’s name was dropped after CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) handed a 4-year ban earlier in October, 2019.

CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international quasi-judicial body. Its headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The court of the body is situated in New York, Sydney. The disputes related to Olympics can only be submitted to CAS. All the Olympics international federations and National Olympic committees including India’s National anti-doping agency (NADA) have recognized the body.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The 2020 Olympics officially known as Games of the XXXII Olympiad, a multi-sport event is to be hosted by the Tokyo city for second time. This is the second of the three consecutive Olympics that is to be held in East Asia. The first was held in 2018 in Pyeongchang County South Korea. It was the Winter Olympics and the one being held in 2020 is Summer Olympics. The next is to be held in 2022, (the Winter Olympics), in Beijing, China.

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