HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal won 32 gold medals to claim the fourth Indo-Nepal Shotokan Karate Tournament team championship trophy here at the National Sports Council covered hall on Saturday. Nepal completed a hat-trick winning the team championships trophy for the third consecutive time. India, who had won the inaugural edition champions, was restricted to 14 gold medals. Nepal’s Asha Shrestha and India’s Jagjit Singh were adjudged the best players of the tournament. In all, 316 players — 251 from Nepal and 65 from India — participated in the two-day event, organised by the Nepal Shotokan Karate Association.
Media Cup Football Tournament
LALITPUR: Terai Television (TTV) and Gorkhapatra advanced to the fifth Media Cup Knockout Football Tournament semi-finals here at the Buddhi Bikash Khel Mandal grounds on Saturday. Goalkeeper Jitendra Neupane made two spotkick saves as TTV defeated Avenues Television 3-0 in penalty shootout. Aman Pratap Adhikari, Rabindra Khadka and Abishek Karki scored for TTV in penalty after both teams played a goalless draw in the 70-minute normal time. Gorkhapatra, meanwhile, thrashed South Asian Sports Journalists Association, Nepal 4-1. Purna Poudel scored a brace, while Bidur Deula and Majarul Haq netted one each for Gorkhapatra. Sanjeev Nakarmi replied for the losing side.
Neupane elected unopposed
KATHMANDU: The second general assembly of the Nepal Rafting and Canoeing Association on Saturday unanimously elected an 18-member executive committee under the president of Man Bahadur Neupane. Surya Prasad Joshi, Krishna Prasad Ghale and Binod Prasad Pant have been elected vice-presidents. Others elected in the committee were Kumar Ranabhat as general secretary, Sudip Raj Gautam as the secretary, Uttam Baniya as the treasurer. Naresh Karki, Hira Bahadur Khan, RK Bista, Chandra Man Lama, Kanchhi Baniya, Deepak Bhujel, Saraswoti KC, Gobinda Prasad Thapaliya, Radha Krishna Bhandari, Raju Karki and Lal Bahadur Thapa were elected as the members. Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Thapa, Santosh Pant and Sunil Kumar Bhandari have been nominated as vice-presidents. The executive committee has the rights to nominate another 10 members.
Manish bags Rapid Chess title
KATHMANDU: FIDE Master Manish Hamal claimed the Rajesh Prasad Shah Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament with maximum five points here on Saturday. Former Nepal champion Badri Lal Nepali, who lost to Manish, finished second with four points, while Hera Kaji Maharjan stood third. Purna Raj Khadka, Manoj Chitrakar, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha and Naveen Tandukar completed the top seventh positions. Top three finishers received Rs 2,500, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000 respectively. In all, 24 players participated in the one-day event.