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ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal

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KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Monday, saying that the government has interfered Nepali cricket.

The suspension means Nepal will not receive any fund from the ICC. The national cricket team, however, will be able to participate in international tournaments.

“The suspension means that CAN won’t be qualified for receiving any ICC financing. However, the board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events,” the ICC said in a media release.

“In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the ad hoc committee established by Nepal’s National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the [ICC] Board has suspended the membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections,” the ICC said.

The world governing body accused the National Sports Council for leading Nepali cricket authority into vacuum and said the suspension would stay “until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.”

“ICC management will also now work with the Nepal’s cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal,” added the release.

Nepali cricket has long been in crisis after a faction of the previous CAN committee led by Tanka Aangbuhang held its general assembly and subsequently elections without support from the National Sports Council (NSC), the country’s supreme governing body of sports.

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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