A national sport is considered to be an essential part of the culture of a nation. Some sports are not established by law, as baseball is in the United States and Gaelic games are in Ireland, while others are established by law, as lacrosse and ice hockey are in Canada. These sports do not have to be necessarily the most played, which would be either football or cricket association in all.
Dandi Biyo is a game that is played in rural parts of Nepal. It was considered the national game but after May 23, 2017, officially Volleyball was declared as the national game of Nepal. It is played with a stick (Dandi) about two or three feet long and a wooden pin (Biyo) about seven inches long. The pin is considered as a small wooden stick with pointed ends. It is similar to the Gilli Danda of India.
However, the popularity of Dandi Biyo is decreasing and the government has not implemented any policies regarding this game due to which it is going to be extinct in the near future. The popularity is going down even in the rural areas of our country Nepal.
Know About National Games Of Nepal
History Of Dandi Biyo
The game was popular among Nepali youths and was very popular between the 1980s and 1990s when modern videos and mobile games were not available. Sonam Ukyab from Baneswore is unofficially considered the best Dandi Biyo player of all times and Bikki was the official champion of Interdistrict Dandi Biyo Competition which was held in Tudikhel.
Dandi Biyo is one of many games that were locally developed in the rural areas which reflect the use of local tools and techniques. While comparing with modern games, it is very close to Cricket. The players can be compared to the “batsmen” and the other players to the “fielders”.
Volleyball As National Game Of Nepal
Volleyball is a popular game played by two teams, usually of six players on a side. The players use their hands to bat a ball over a high net and they try to make the ball touch the court within the opponents’ playing area before it can be returned. To prevent this type of situation a player on the opposing team bats the ball up and toward a teammate, before it touches the court surface—that teammate may then throw it back across the net or bat it to a third teammate who volleys it across the net. In this game, a team is allowed only three touches of the ball before it must be returned over the net.
Volleyball is a very popular sport in our country and is played in every part of the country including the hill, the Himalayan and Terai regions. The government decision about making the volleyball the national sport is right as only the small area is enough along with other light rules for playing the game.
Nepal National Sports 2019
The Nepal national sports 2019 are football (Men’s/Women’s), athletics, boxing (Men’s), taekwondo, karate, volleyball (Men’s/Women’s), Table Tennis, kabaddi, badminton, wushu, handball (Men’s), Kho Kho (Men’s), ITF Taekwondo, full contact karate, basketball, weightlifting, wrestling, judo, bodybuilding, hockey, chess, golf, billiard and snooker, cycling, archery, swimming, squash, soft tennis, lawn tennis, gymnastics, boxing (Women’s), cricket, shooting, weightlifting (Women’s), volleyball, and Dandi Biyo. These are the popular sports in our country in which many sportspersons have achieved medals in different tournaments inside and outside the country.
The sports are being popular in our country Nepal because of the change in the government and developmental activities in the country. The peaceful country Nepal is hoping for the organizing of different national and international tournaments in the days to come.