Not Allowed To Compete, Nepalese Runners Not Discouraged

Bishwarupa Buddha, an athletic athlete from Nepal, did not let the committee’s refusal for her to compete in the women’s 10,000 meter run at the Asian Games, undermine her enthusiasm.

Buddha is determined to win in the 5,000 meters, the head of the Nepal delegation said on Sunday (26/8), as quoted by Reuters.

Buddha experienced an embarrassing incident when told by the organizers that he was late to register for the 10,000 m race. The 23-year-old athlete was forced to leave the race track at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium before the race started on Saturday (25/8).

“We are looking into what happened,” Nepal committee chairman Keshab Kumar Bista told Reuters. “I spoke to our Olympic committee last night and we thought there was no mistake on our part.”

“We’ve filled out the form correctly, so we’re trying to figure out what went wrong.”

However, Bista is sure that mistakes like this will not be repeated in the 5,000 meters which will be held on Tuesday (28/8) and insists that Buddha is not disappointed.

Nepal won a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, and regained it in Incheon, South Korea four years later. However, at the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Nepal has not yet won a medal.

“They told me that my registration was late,” a confused Buddha told reporters after being asked to leave the field. “I don’t know whose fault it is.” [vp/ft]

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