Nirmala Gyawali has become the first athlete from Nepal to compete in the Paralympic Games. The twenty-one-year-old athlete will compete in Shot Put, 100m and 200m races. The Nepalese National Paralympic Committee only joined the International Paralympic Committee in April of this year, but the group was able to qualify one athlete before the May deadline. The Nepalese delegation consists of Gyawali, Coach Man Bahadur Lopchan and Acting Chef de Mission, Rupesh Parajuli.
"Despite different inadequate resources and obstacles, we're glad that we made it to participate, and although we may not be able to do exceptionally well, i believe the initiation of participation to the Paralympic itself will not be less than a gold medal for us". Said Mr. Parajuli, International Relations Officer of National Para Sports Association (NPSA)-Nepal, A National Paralympic Committee of Nepal the only organization for the sports of the disabled in Nepal, recognized by International Paralympic Committee.
"We are working very hard to continue this initiation of the participation to the Paralympics, However, due to the inadequate resources like... Infrastructures, Equipments, Trainings, Expertise as well as Financial Resources, we're having a number of Problem.
Its very hard to do all these things on our own, in the case that no support from the government. This is not only the matter of Participation but also the matter of country's dignity where Nepal was/will be represented before more than 160 Nations in the world", Said Mr. Rupesh Parajuli.