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Pokhara to host International Mountain Cross-country Championship

Pokhara to host International Mountain Cross-country Championship

Kaski: The Nepal-China International Mountain Cross-country Championship is to take place in Pokhara on November 25. Ten teams each from Nepal and China will compete in the team events of the championship with the theme 'Race for Common Prosperity'.

The objective of the championship is to establish Pokhara as a sports city by promoting tourism in the 'Lake City'.

It is said that 600 athletes will participate in the championship, which will be jointly organized by the Embassy of China in Nepal, the Pokhara Metropolitan City, and the Nepal Tourism Board. Yunan Mountaineering and Outdoor Sports Association and the Hotel Association Pokhara are the co-organizers.

One hundred and four people, including 78 athletes and officials, are arriving in Pokhara on a chartered flight from Yunan Province, China, on November 23 for the championship. Similarly, Chinese health professionals and technicians will also be facilitating the championship.

Bishwa Shankar Palikhe, the coordinator of the championship, said competitions will be held under four departments: team, individual, happy run, and student race. He said 20 groups will compete in the team event. The winner will be decided after the contenders cover 40 kilometers of distance, including running, cycling, and boat races.

The winner of the team event will bag a cash prize of Rs 360,000; the first runner-up will receive Rs 288,000; the second runner-up will receive Rs 216,000; and the third runner-up will receive Rs 144,000, according to the organizers.

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