Nepal unveiled the logo and mascot of the 13th South Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Pokhara from December 1-10, keeping the other participants in dark, officials of the Bangladesh Olympic Association said on Tuesday.
The biennial event, which was originally scheduled for March 2018, had been postponed thrice before the new date
was set two months ago by South Asian Olympic Council in a sideline meeting of the 38th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia in Thailand.
There are still doubts if the event would be held in time as the Himalayan nation was still fighting to complete the construction work of the venues for the event.
The reconstruction and up-gradation of existing facilities of the Dasharath Stadium, damaged by 2015 earthquake, was still incomplete.
The logo of the Games, designed by artist Bholanath Paudyal, has a flying pigeon, as a 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 its eight members after Afghanistan gained membership in 2005.
Despite unveiling the logo and mascot of the multi-disciplinary event on Monday, the Nepal government did not officially inform the matter to any member country of the region.
‘We know that it will be held from December 1 to 10. According to the rules of the IOC, the host nation, of course, will
officially inform all the member nation association, but they [Nepal] did not inform us officially,’ Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary
general Syed Shahed Reza told the New Age on Wednesday.
‘No matter what they are doing or did, unveiled the logo or mascot, they [host nation] have to send government official letters to us as well as to the other IOC member nations
‘We are prepared for December, but did not get any official letter yet.’
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