Pokhara—A newly built basketball court has been handed over to community of Armala Kaski on Monday. The court that was built with an investment of Rs 53,50,000 at Armala in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City ward number 16.
Armala is a Gurung dominated village that situates in the elevation of around 16,000 meter from sea level. Ex-British Gurkha soldier WO1 Jeet Bahadur Gurung had bought 4 ropanis of land in Rs 4 lakhs to build that court in his village. He alone donated Rs 1.7 million to build court’s plain and parapet. Rs 5,50,000 has been invested to build parapet alone. Gurung had made that entire donation in the memory of his late father Tanka Prasad Gurung.
Basketbal Association vice chairman and ex-volleyball player Jum Bahadur Gurung’s family also donated 19 aana of land to build the court in the village. According to Jum, Armala people who have been working in UK also donated Rs 3.6 million via Armala Bhai Khalak. Daughters, mothers and sisters of village donated Rs 1 lakh for that court.
Nepal Sports Council vice chairman and Nepal Basketball Association chairman Tendi Lama Sherpa who was the chief guest of court handing over ceremony appreciated the good work of Armala people and social workers. He also pledged support for the expansion of court infrastructures.
Donors of the basketball court were felicitated during the ceremony. Sherpa and WO1 Jeet Bahadur’s mother Munga Gurung, 89, jointly inaugurated the basketball court. WO1 Jeet, Armala UK Bhai Khalak’s Shera Gurung jointly handed over the newly built basketball court to Sita Primary School, club and mother group of Armala.
Nepal Olympic Committee member Tej Gurung and Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City ward 16 chairman Jeevan Acharya also put their remarks during the program that was chaired by Sita Primary School Management Committee chairman Bhupal Singh Gurung.
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