HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal Shotokan Karate Association (SKIF) feted the sixth National Games karate gold medalists here on Sunday. In all, 11 men and 10 women, who won gold medals at the National Games in Far-western Region, were honoured for their achievements on the opening day of the first National Referee Seminar. Mukunda Maharjan, Binod Maharjan, Parsuram Bastola, Mandekaji Shrestha, Kedar Bahadur Simkhada, Ganesh Bahadur Thing, Digambar Prasad Pant, Sunil Lama, Bhim Bahadur Tamang, Sonam Lama and Dipendra Deula had won gold medals in men’s section. Likewise, Ganga Devi Adhikari, Roji Nagarkoti, Mallika Thapa, Anu Adhikari, Suvadra Shrestha, Bimala Tamang, Sangita Dangol, Punam Lama, Kalpana Basnet and Sapana Lama had struck gold medals in the women’s category during the sixth National Games.
Media Cup Football
LALITPUR: Defending champions Image Channel and Nepal Television (NTV) advanced to the semi-finals of the fifth Media Cup Football Tournament, organised by Nepal Olympic Museum, on Sunday. Image Channel edged out Photo Journalists (PJ) Club 6-5 in sudden-death penalty shootout after a 3-3 deadlock in normal time. Image will take on Tarai TV in semi-finals. In another quarter-final match, NTV defeated Nepal 1 television 4-2. Prajwol Shakya scored a hat-trick and Ram Kumar Thapa added another for NTV, while Subodh Bagale and Nikesh Khadka converted for Nepal 1. NTV will meet Gorkhapatra daily in semi-finals scheduled for Wednesday.
Bhupendra wins silver
KATHMANDU: Bhupendra Pun Magar won a silver medal at the Asian Amateur Muay Thai Championship held on July 7-14 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Bhupendra lost the 57kg title match against an opponent from Vietnam, informed the Nepal Muay Thai Association president Ganesh Lal Kakshyapati. Two other Nepali participants Narayan Acharya (67kg category) and Purushottam Budathoki (54kg) claimed bronze medals. Narayan had defeated a Malaysian opponent while Purushottam had dispatched a Bangladeshi in quarter-final matches to ensure their bronze medals.