Local briefs

Balal felicitated

KATHMANDU: Nepal International Taekwondo Federation (Nepal ITF) felicitated its president and coach Krishna Bahadur Balal for winning the Outstanding Instructor Medal. The International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) had awarded Balal with the medal during 15th World Taekwondo Championship and 16th ITF general assembly in Slovania in April. As Balal was unable to travel to Slovania after being denied the visa, ITF sent the certificate and the medal to him recently. Chief coach Anjunath Shrestha, Bright Future School principal Mohan Karki and martial arts player Dev Ghimire jointly feted Balal at a ceremony on Sunday. “To be considered for the award among thousands of coaches from more than 160 countries is a great achievement,” said Balal. “I had never dreamt of winning such a prestigious award,” added Balal. — HNS

Malpi, Shooters win

KATHMANDU: Malpi College trounced Malpi Institute 60-16 and Oasis edged past Shooters 48-47 in the third Fr Watrin Women’s Open Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Tashi Palden top-scored with 26 points for Malpi College. Oasia, who trailed 28-34 at the end of the third quarter, scored 20 points and restricted Shooters to 13 in the fourth quarter to win the match by just one point. Maya Syangten netted 20 for Oasis while Prina Shrestha and Upasana Rana had 10 points each for Shooters. — HNS

Main Dojo champion

KATHMANDU: Main Dojo won the team championship with seven gold, and three each silver and bronze medals at the ninth Valley Public Gojukai Karate Tournament here on Sunday. Children Model School finished second with four gold, six silver and one bronze medals while hosts Valley Public came third with four gold, three silver and six bronze medals. Mahesh Thapa Magar of Valley Public and Anjisha Shrestha of Anmol Jyoti were declared the best players in men and women’s sections respectively. Tikaram Gurung of National United and Sangita Tamang of Mahendra Bhawan were adjudged the emerging players. — HNS

Snooker tournament

LALITPUR: Saroj Mulmi beat Bikram Nakarmi 4-2 and Raju Lama defeated Ganesh Thapa with the identical margin to cruise to the semi-finals of the National Snooker Selection Tournament on Sunday. Also making it to the final four were Buddha Lama and Niraj Thapa. Buddha registered an easy 4-0 win over Chakra Lama and Niraj also overcame Sanjay Mulmi with the same 4-0 margin. The top two players will take part in the second Asian Indoor Games to be held in Macau from October 26 to November 3. — HNS

School volleyball

KATHMANDU: Saptagandaki, Samakhushi English Boarding (SEB) School, Bright Future and Bhim School advanced to the girls’ section semi-finals at the Valleywide first Gyankunja Inter-school Volleyball Tournament on Sunday. Saptagandaki beat New Diamond 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 while SEB edged past Anal Jyoti 25-17, 27-25, 25-23. Likewise, Bhim School defeated Puspakunja 25-19, 25-10, 25-4 and Bright Future overcame Learning Realm International 25-8, 25-8, 25-13. SEB, Venus, Anal Jyoti, Deep Jyoti, Saptagandaki, Kamana, Maryland and Graded English Model School entered the quarter-finals in boys’ section. — HNS

‘C’ Division League

KATHMANDU: Himalayan Sherpa Club hammered Nawa Jyoti Youth Club 5-1 while Sanepa Club and Chandeswori Club played a goalless draw at the Western Union Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football here on Sunday. Hari Thakuri scored a hat-trick and Yakub Rai netted twice for Himalayan Sherpa. On Monday it’s: Cannon vs Batisputali, Naxal vs Kumari, Chakrapath vs Sachham Nagar, and Chyasal vs Samajik Youth Club. — HNS