In 1995, the games were held in Madras, India. But the 1997 games had to be postponed as Nepal, which was to host the games, did not have adequate infrastucture.
Rukma Shumsher Rana, president of the Nepal Olympic Committee, said sports officials from member countries had now agreed to hold the games from September 25 to October 4 next year in the Himalayan kingdom’s capital.
“We are expecting all venues to be ready by the end of March 1999,” Rana said.
SAF groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The games started in 1984 and the venue rotates among member countries.
Twelve events – football, boxing, volley ball, wrestling, kabaddi, table tennis, swimming, shooting, athletics, weight lifting, tae kwan do and judo – are included in the SAF Games.