The Nepal Ice Hockey Association was formally announced on Wednesday, just months after fellow Asian country Oman became an official member of the IIHF.
According to the Association’s President Lok Bahadur Shahi, the organization is already recognized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. While funding and player support is next on the agenda for the country, it is certainly a good step in the right direction for the country that does in fact feature a lot of snow during the year.
“This marks a significant first step in the development of ice hockey in Nepal in an organised manner,” a statement read. “The international bodies are positive towards the development of ice hockey here.”
The country currently has zero rinks built to date, however Lake Tilicho is frozen for nearly half a year and can be used for training until a formal arena is constructed. The Association has identified Pokhara, Langtang, Khumjung and Kathmandu as initial areas for a new stadium, however nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
With no professional players known from Nepal, it’s unlikely to see this organization competing anytime soon. Regardless, is definitely a stepping stone for the future, with the Challenge Cup of Asia likely being the biggest target for the long term future.
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