Mt. Everest Base Camp Said to be Site of Planned Cricket Tourney
by Pradeep Kaphle
NEPAL, April 10--An international
cricket tournament is to be organized at Gorak Shep, located at the
height of 5,165 meters in the lap of the Mt. Everest, from April 21.
Altogether, 43 players from Britain, Australia and New Zealand would be
divided into two teams, named Tenzing and Hillary after the first two
men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, and play the match, according
to the Himalayan Rescue Association.
The match being played at the highest altitude would set not only a
world record but also introduce Nepal as a destination for adventure
and sports tourism.
It is said the game, to be organized with the help of British Himalaya
Trust, would have the participation of British cricketers James
Kirtely, Kardik, David and other popular players. They would set off
for the Everest base camp on Saturday.
Team leader Richard Kirtley said that though it would be risky, as the
match was being played in the lap of Mt. Everest, the players are
prepared physically and mentally because it would be adventurous.
Kirtley further said the success of this game would heighten the
importance of Mt. Everest around the globe and help Nepal in the
development of sports tourism.
Himalayan Rescue Association Chairman Bikram Neupane said they have
arranged for and paid special attention to the players’ health,
citing the possibility of altitude sickness.
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