(Sports) Nepal’s oldest climber sponsored by gov’t to defend his record

  KATHMANDU, May 23 (Xinhua) — The government of Nepal at its cabinet meeting Thursday decided to provide 1 million rupees (11, 235.9 U.S. dollars) to Guinness World Record holder Min Bahadur Sherchan, an official at the prime minister’s office said.

     “Today’s cabinet meeting decided to provide 1 million rupees to Min Bahadur Sherchan for his attempt to scale Mount Everest to defend his record,” Rajendra Pandey, Press Coordinator of Khila Raj Regmi, chairman of interim election government of Nepal told Xinhua.

     Sherchan, 82, is at the Everest base camp to defend his record as the oldest climber atop the tallest mountain of the world. The government decided to provide the money on the same day Japanese climber broke Sherchan’s record as the oldest person to successfully scale Mount Everest.

     Earlier Thursday morning, 80-year-old Japanese Yuichiro Miura secured the title of the world’s oldest person to scale 8,848 meter high Mt. Everest.

     Sherchan was awaiting cabinet decision for a help of 1 million rupees from Nepal government. It costs close to 40,000 U.S. dollars for one attempt, a huge amount for a Nepali where per capita income is around 420 dollars.

     Sherchan set the record of the oldest climber in 2008 when he climbed the Mount Everest at the age of 76 years ten months. Enditem

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