Local Briefs

Rakesh honoured

KATHMANDU: National football team skipper and Nepal Police Club defender Rakesh Shrestha was felicitated here on Saturday. Former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa and Manamaneswori Club (Tangal) president Manish KC honoured the national team veteran for his contribution to the Nepali football. The programme was organised by Manamaneswori Club. — HNS

GAA, Golden Gate win

KATHMANDU: Hosts Godavari Alumni Association (GAA) and Golden Gate claimed the Fr Donnelly 3 on 3 Men's and Women's Open Basketball Championships here on Saturday. GAA rallied from a first round loss to overcome Prime Sports Club 15-21, 21-6, 21-15 in the women's final while Golden Gate saw off Trinity 21-11, 21-10, 11-21, 21-15 in the men's final. Sushil Gurung of Golden Gate and Rosina Gurung of the GAA won the most valuable player awards. Champions Golden Gate received a purse of Rs 25,000 while runners up Trinity got Rs 15,000. Likewise, GAA earned 15,000 and Prime got Rs 10,000. — HNS

Inter-school basketball

KATHMANDU: Grammar Public Higher Secondary School is organising the Inter-school Boys Basketball Tournament here on July 26 to August 2. In all 16 teams are competing for the championship, said the organisers here at a press meet on Saturday. Hosts Grammar 'A', Unique, Princeton and Babylon are in Pool 'A', Kathmandu Xavier, Radiant Readers, Arunima and Celebration in Pool 'B', Grammar 'B,' Cambridge, Lyceum and Blooming Scholars in Pool 'C', and AIA, Gauri Shankar, Gyan Niketan and Trungram International Academy in Pool 'D'. Top two teams from each of the Pools qualify for the knockout phase. The winners and the runners up will get Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. Likewise, Fair Play Team will be awarded with a purse of Rs 2,000. Highest scorer of the tournament and most valuable player will also receive Rs 1,000 each. — HNS

Rs 40,000 to Baniya

KATHMANDU: The top flight New Road Team (NRT) handed over Rs 40,000 to former national team volleyball player Dinesh Baniya, who on Sunday is leaving for India for kidney transplantation. The NRT and its officials contributed Rs 15,000 each, while former NRT skipper and President of Nepal Judo Association Deepak Harsha Bajracharya contributed Rs 10,000. Bajracharya handed over the amount to Baniya at a programme on Saturday. The Nepal National and International Players Association (NNIPA) have raised and handed over Rs 1.75 million to Baniya for the transplantation. NRT General Secretary Binay Pradhan was also present on the occasion. — HNS