HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The National Sports Council (NSC) felicitated international medal-winning players of various disciplines with cash rewards here today.
The sports governing body distributed Rs 374,950 to 61 players of 11 sports disciplines including seven official events. The NSC rewarded the gold medallist winners of the official events with Rs 7,510 each, while the winners of unofficial events received Rs 2,890 each.
Karateka Ganga Devi Adhikari received double prizes for her two gold medals. A nine-member player selection committee headed by the Tournament and Planning Department Chief Kamal Khanal had selected the players.
Among the felicitated were karaketa gold medallists of the second Fazilatunnesa Mujib International Martial Art Championship in Dhaka.
Bijay Lama, Sunil Lama, Binod Maharjan, Mukunda Maharjan, Lekh Nath Mainali, Parshuram Bastola, Mandekaji Shrestha, Kedar Bahadur Simkhada, Ganesh Bahadur Thing, Digambar Prasad Panta, Mallika Thapa, Anu Adhikari, Roji Nagarkoti, Laxmi Bhatta, Subhadra Shrestha, Sangita Dangol, Chanchala Danuwar and Ganga Adhikari had struck gold medals to clean sweep the available 14 gold medals which included team events.
Ganga Devi received an additional Rs 7,510 for her gold medal at the Singapore Open Karate Championships.
Likewise, the first South Asian Weightlifting Championships gold medallists Anil Malla and Tara Devi Pun also got Rs 7,510 each. Others to get Rs 7,510 were the South Asian Judo Championships gold medallists Saroj Maharjan and Judo for Peace South Asian Cadet Judo Championships winners Bikash Bhujel, Rupesh Shahi, Srawan Shakya, Rohit Karki, Samir Khadka, Sharada Khatri and Devaki Maya Shrestha.
Taekwondo players Yan Kumari Chaulagain, Manita Shahi, Ayasha Shakya, Sujan Joshi, Anoj Pujari and Apsara Karki were felicitated for their gold medals in the first Mt Everest International Taekwondo Championships on home soil. Also, Manisha
Ranabhat, who had claimed gold in the fourth Asian Goju-Ryu Karate Championships, got Rs 7,510.
The second South Asian Wado-ryu Karate Championships gold medallists Sanu Kanchha Shrestha, Suk Bahadur Rai, Chitra Prasad Shrestha, Simon Khatri, Man Bahadur Tamang and International Seikokai Open Karate Championships winners Amod Kumar Raya and Rukmila Tamang pocketed
Rs 7,510 each.
Gold medallists of the unofficial events to receive Rs 2,890 each were ITF Taekwondo players Umesh Rajthala, Bishwo Shrestha, Aakash Khanal and Bijaya Shrestha (second Fazilatunnesa Mujib International Martial Art Championship), Nabina Lama, Santoshi Ghale, Geeta Rana Magar, Sunita Magar, Purna Ghising, Rudra Limbu and Govinda Khatri (first South Asian Sambo Championships).
Krishala Ghising, Pratik Lama, Sunny Gaur, Dhan Das Lama, Bipana Adhikari
and Sanjay Shahi (fifth Asia-Oceania Sports Chanbara Championship) and Asian Shin Kyokushin Full-contact Karate Championships silver medallist Anisha Lama Syangten too were honoured with 2,890 each.