local briefs

Shuttlers depart

KATHMANDU: An 11-member badminton team on Wednesday left for Islamabad to take part in the Pakistan International Championship slated for November 25-28. Balram Thapa, Pashupati Paneru, Indra Mahata, Pankaj Chand and Kishor Rana will compete in the men’s singles event while Sumina Shrestha and Sujana Shrestha will take part in women’s singles. The Nepali shuttlers will also team up for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events. The players were accompanied by head coach T Yamamoto and assistant coach Shanti Manandhar. Nabin Bikram Shah is the team leader and Gyanendra Sipahi the manager. — HNS

Rakesh felicitated

KATHMANDU: National football team captain Rakesh Shrestha was felicitated by Tangal Secondary School here on Wednesday. The school honoured the Nepal Police Club defender, a former student of the school, for his invaluable contribution to Nepali football. — HNS

Prime Cup basketball

KATHMANDU: Prime College is organising the fifth Prime Cup Under-19 National Basketball Championship here from December 15. This is the first time the college is inviting colleges outside the Kathmandu Valley. The college had been organising the Valleywide Inter-college Basketball Tournament in the past. Not more than 16 teams in the boys’ and eight in girls’ sections will participate in the tournament, the organisers said . — HNS

Adarsha, Deep Jyoti win

MADHYAPUR: Adarsha Secondary School and Deep Jyoti School advanced to the semi-finals of the first Inter-school Invitational Football Tournament here on Wednesday. Adarsha edged out Kathmandu University School (KUC) 4-1 in tie-breaker after a 1-1 deadlock while Sunil Basnet scored the decider as Deep Jyoti School sneaked past Antique Bhadgaon English School 1-0 in another quarter-final match. Deep Jyoti will take on Birendra Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya in the first semi-final on Thursday. — HNS