By Emily Goddard

Nepal has launched a postal stamp celebrating the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games ©Nepal Postal ServiceA commemorative stamp celebrating the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has been launched in Nepal by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kathmandu and the national Postal Service Department of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Education.

The stamp features a motif of an athlete skiing, which was the only sport the country participated in at the Games, with three-time Olympian Dachhiri Sherpa competing in the 15 kilometre cross country race.

The 32 x 32 millimetre stamp, which has a nominal value of NPR2, was designed by local artist Purna Kala Limbu Bista.

One million copies have been printed and there is a special envelope also available.

"I am convinced that the postage stamp is a piece of history, which will be a positive example of Russian-Nepalese relations for a long time," Russia's Ambassador to Nepal Sergey Velichkin said.

The stamp was launched at a special ceremony at the Postal Service Department, where a winter sport photo exhibition also took place.

Minendra Rijal, the Minister of Information and Communications, was in attendance and thanked Russia for the assistance it has historically provided to Nepal.

"Thanks to your country, we have such a large number of skilled professionals - they all received their education in Russia and the Soviet Union," he said.

"Thank you for this."

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