19 December 2018: Secretary general of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation has apologised for “erroneously” playing Nepal’s pre-republic national anthem at a recently-held world bodybuilding championship competition.
Nepal’s Mahesh Maharjan had won the gold medal in the 75kg category.
As the champion was draped with his national flag, the organisers played “Nepal’s national anthem” but the anthem they played was something Nepalese people had gotten rid of when they declared the country a republic back in 2008.The monarchy-era national anthem starting with “Shri Man Gambhir…” was played instead of the “Saya phul kaa thungaa haami“.
In response to southasia.com.au‘s question on how the error occurred, Mr Chua said the wrong pick of the national anthem occurred while downloading from the Internet.
“Regarding the national anthem of Nepal, we wish to inform you that it was erroneously downloaded by the person in charge from the Organizing Committee of Thailand,” Mr Chua told southasia.com.au.
The WBPF has already apologised to the Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association, he added.