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Asian Zonal Chess Championship begins

BHAKTAPUR: The Asian Zonal 3.2 Chess Championship began here at the Ratna Giri Resort in Nagarkot today.Asian Chess Federation General Secretary Hisam Al-Tahir inaugurated the tournament that will also serve as the qualification for the Chess World Cup. A total of 47 players — 32 men and 15 women — from four nations are taking part in the championship. The championship, organised by Nepal Chess Association under the sponsorship of Shiwani Air, features four Grand Masters, three International Masters, seven FIDE Masters and six Candidate Masters in open category, while three each W...
Published On: 2015-03-28

Pariyar bags double bagel

KATHMANDU: Jitendra Pariyar, Abhisekh Bastola, Dawa Sherpa and Kamal Bhandari advanced to the men’s singles semi-finals of the seventh Sahabir Memorial Open Tennis Tournament here today. Nepal APF Club’s Pariyar bagged a double bagel against Pokhara’s Shakti Sharma, while Pokhara’s Bastola defeated Milan Rokaya of Bhaktapur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. Likewise, Sherpa of Sindhupalchowk came from a set down to beat Santosh Khatri of APF 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Nepal Police Club’s Bhandari outplayed Anil Shahi of Pokhara 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-final matches. In women’s single...
Published On: 2015-03-28

Top guns keep rolling

KATHMANDU: Top seeded players continued their dominance in the seventh Sahabir Memorial Open Lawn Tennis Tournament at the APF and ANLTA courts today. Top-seeded Shakti Sharma edged past Suraj Thapa 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, while Jitendra Pariyar earned a walkover win from his opponent in the men’s singles. Likewise, Milan Rokaya defeated Ganesh Karki 6-2, 6-1, Anil Shahi thumped Chhewang Lama 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, Kamal Bhandari edged past Shriyans Karki 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, Dawa Sherpa thrashed Pranay Khanal 6-0, 6-0, Abhishek Bastola beat Subrat Basnet 6-0, 6-1 and Santosh Khatri registered 6-2, 7-5 vict...
Published On: 2015-03-27

Chess tourney postponed

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Chess Association postponed the Asian Zonal 3.2 Chess Championship on Wednesday.The tournament, originally slated for March 26 to April 2 at the Ratna Giri Resort in Nagarkot, will now be played from March 27. The event will serve as the qualifiers for the FIDE Chess World Cup. A total of 45 players from Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — the countries under the Asia Zone 3.2 — will take part in the championship. 14 men and six women players will represent Nepal. The winners of Open and Women sections will earn tickets for the FIDE Chess Wor...
Published On: 2015-03-26

Top seeds off to a flying start

KATHMANDU: Top seeded Jitendra Pariyar and Shakti Sharma started the seventh Sahabir Memorial Open Lawn Tennis Tournament with wins here on Wednesday. In the matches played at the APF Club courts in Halchowk, Pariyar thrashed MB Timour 6-0, 6-0, while Sharma edged past Bikash Khadka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in men’s singles category. In other matches, Milan Rokaya thumped Antonie Rai 6-1, 6-0, Chhewang Lama routed Anil Century 6-1, 6-1, Anil Shahi defeated Gaurav Shahi 6-1, 6-1, Kamal Bhandari beat Sanjay Shrestha 6-1, 6-0, Abhishek Bastola overpowered Sajan Shrestha 6-0, 6-0 and Dawa Sherpa overp...
Published On: 2015-03-26

Nepal suffer second defeat

KATHMANDU: Nepal suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the second match of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Wednesday. Substitute Khalid Ahmad Mohammad Sharif and skipper Sayed Mohammad scored a goal apiece for Afghanistan. Nepal had lost 5-0 against Iran, while Afghanistan were defeated 2-0 by Palestine in their previous matches. With the loss, Nepal’s hopes of qualifying for the next round has ended as they are at the bottom in Group C. Nepal coach Jack Stefanowski started the match with a different formation of 4-3-3 and he also m...
Published On: 2015-03-26

TIME OUT

Athletes off to China KATHMANDU: Middle distance runners Hari Kumar Rimal and Bishwo Rupa Budha on Wednesday left for China to participate in the World Cross Country Championship. Rimal will represent Nepal in 12km race, while Budha will participate in 8-km event in the championship. The players were selected as per their performance in the Kantipur Half Marathon and Addidas Road Race, informed Nepal Athletics Association. Member Secretary of National Sports Council Yubaraj Lama bade farewell to the players. District League LALITPUR: SAMF Foundation and Karyabinayak Club registered wins in ...
Published On: 2015-03-26

Postponed League Football to resume on April 3

KATHMANDU: The National League Football Championship is all set to kick off from April 3. The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) had postponed the Championship for last few weeks citing technical problems. ANFA released the new schedule for the games today. ANFA officials said that the Association is planning to hold the championship at Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu as well as in Dhangadhi, Rupandehi, Jhapa, and Biratnagar. Three Star, Manag Marsyngdi, Tribhuwan Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force (APF), Lumbini, Jhapa, Morang, and Kailali football clubs are participating in the Champ...
Published On: 2015-03-25

Army gun down APF‚ win maiden title

KATHMANDU: Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) won the title of the Senior One Day National Cricket Tournament here at Tribhuvan University Stadium today. TAC defeated two time champions Nepal APF Club by five wickets to win their first 50-over title and second overall. TAC received Rs 200,000, while APF got Rs 125,000. TAC had earlier lifted the T20 National trophy defeating the same opponents. Invited to take the first strike, APF were restricted to 164-9 in 45 overs before the Armymen reached 169-5 in 40.5 overs. The match was reduced to 45-over-a-side after one hour delay because of wet outfield....
Published On: 2015-03-25

TIME OUT: Nepal face Afghans

KATHMANDU: Nepal will play their second match of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers against South Asian nation Afghanistan at the Azadi Stadium in Teheran on Wednesday. The two teams will be seeking their first victory after both the teams lost their opening matches. Iran thrashed Nepal 5-0, while Palestine defeated Afghanistan 2-0 on Sunday. Nepal head coach Jack Stefanowski said the team would play for a win. “We are well prepared for the match,” he added. District League begins LALITPUR: Jhamsikhel Youth Society and Nakhipot Youth Club began the Red Bull District League wit...
Published On: 2015-03-25