Gurung, Singh picked for Rio Olympics

KATHMANDU: Swimmers Gaurika Singh and Shirish Gurung were selected for next month’s Rio Olympic Games.

The players were picked as per their qualification points in the Olympic Selection Tournament held in Russia and Dubai, informed Nepal Swimming Association on Tuesday.

Gurung will compete in men’s 100m freestyle event, while Singh will swim in women’s 100m backstroke event. With the confirmation of the swimmers, the number of Nepali athletes to participate in Rio Olympics has reached to seven.

Taekwondo player Nisha Rawal, judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri and archer Jit Bahadur Moktan earned wildcards, while athletes Hari Rimal (5,000m) and Saraswoti Bhattarai (1,500m) along with the swimmers were picked under Universality Places quota.