Khadka, Basnet confident of good show

KATHMANDU: Nepali taekwondo players Ganesh Bahadur Khadka and Sakumar Basnet are confident of displaying their best in the 19th World Taekwondo Championships slated for October 14-18 in Denmark.

Khadka, an experienced player with a bunch of international experiences, will compete in the bantamweight while young blood Basnet will fight in the flyweight category in the global taekwondo meet. Though the players are not fully satisfied with the short-term training provided for their preparations, they were confident of giving an impressive performance in the championships.

“It’s not only about playing in the championships, we have to perform well for our country and we will try to give our best in the tournament,” said the players. “We are getting training only for the last 15 days. We will have to compete against the best international players who receive training from experts and this is the place where we may fall behind,” the players said. The players are undergoing training at the National Taekwondo Training Centre in Tripureshwor under the supervision of taekwondo ace Deepak Bista and fifth Dan Shubhash Chandra Thapa.

Both coaches also feel the time frame given for the preparations is undoubtedly inadequate to come up with the good results. “In the biggest taekwondo meet like the World Championships, the players need to get observed and trained for at least six months. But against all odds, our players have been performing well in the international arena on their own,” said Bista.

The gold medallists in the fifth National Games held in April in Kathmandu, Khadka and Basnet are the most highlighted taekwondo players but lack of training could hinder them from performing well in big matches. Khadka has already participated in the 10th South Asian Games in Sri Lanka where he failed to perform well because of a severe injury. He also won a silver medal in the World Janzou Expo in Korea in 2007.

Khadka was selected for the World Championships following his performance in the fourth Korean Ambassador Taekwondo Championship where he was adjudged the best fighter. And according to Bista, Khadka is one of the most technically strong players.

Sakumar, on the other hand, is also a highly rated player who participated in the 16th Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand this year, which was also his first international tournament. Despite a very impressive performance in the preliminary round, Sakumar failed to advance beyond quarter-finals.

The duo also said that their

participation in the World Championships will boost their confidence for the 11th South Asian Games (SAG) to be held in Dhaka from

January 29 to February 9 next

year. “Facing the tough players

in the world meet will definitely make us go easy against the regional players,” they said.