Dandi Biyo is a very simple game, but it is equally dangerous. Some say it is the National Game of Nepal. But, there is no documentary evidence to prove it (at least, I don’t know. If you have more information please comment.)
I am not against this sports being a National game. But, before a decision is made there should be certain prerequisite of sportsmanship and safety of players and spectators. To illustrate my point let’s analyze the following photo:
In the photo above CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli is seen inaugurating Dharan Sports Tourism Festival, by playing Dandibiyo in Dharan on April 27‚ 2011. Some
points to be noted:
- A sports need to have standard playing gear. The dandi KP is using to play the game is a simple piece of wood. That piece should be standardize in terms of the type of wood, length, diameter and grip friction.
- Same applies to the biyo piece. Length, diameter, tapering angle and so on.
- The hole in the ground – It is clear no standard is used to create the small pit on the ground. The procedure to create the pit, depth and width of pit should also be well defined before it can be considered a sport.
- Throwing a double pointed piece of stick in the air is a risky stuff. There are chances of the biyo to hit on the ear other body part and injure the player of other onlookers. So, there should be some protection measures to save the sensitive body parts of the players.
- A playground – The game needs a proper playground > with safety net to save the viewers, it is to be considered a National Game.
- Last but not the least – the game needs proper rules. The official rules would make it consistent and organized.
Photo credits – Ratna Prasad Acharya and Arjun Sharma