Local briefs

NVAA president Verma dead

KATHMANDU: Nepal Veterans’ Athletics Association (NVAA) president Ram Krishna Verma died of teeth cancer at the age of 72 at his residence in Bhatbhatini Tuesday morning. The Asian Games participant, Verma was one of the best athletes of his time and also held 100m national record for a long time. A good badminton, hockey and football playerof his time, he had also assumed office as the member of the National Sports Council. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. — HNS

Junior Chess Tournament

KATHMANDU: Nepal Chess Association (NCA) is organising the National Junior (U-20) Boys and Girls Chess Tournament in Kathmandu from October 28-31. The winners in each of the category will represent Nepal in the Asian Junior Chess Championship slated for November 7-15 in New Delhi, the NCA press release said. — HNS

Asian Invitational Karate C’ship

KATHMANDU: Nepal Karate Federation on Tuesday selected players for the Asain Invitational Karate Tournament organised by Korean Karate Federation in Busan, South Korea from November 8. Among the selected players are Raju Adhikari, Ravi Maharjan, Binod Maharjan, Narayan Tamang, Bikram Meche, Bikram Maharjan, Tara Gurung and Radhika Deula. Nepal will also participate in the team kata and team kumite in the tournament. — HNS

Nepal ITF selects players

Kathmandu: Nepal International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) selected nine players for the third Asian Taekwondo Championship slated for New Delhi from November 9-14. Nir Kumar Magar (senior patron, 1st dan), Sanjay Kumar Shrestha (senior spiring, 57kg), Umesh Rajthala (senior spiring, 50kg) and Anka Bahadur Gharti Magar (senior spiring, 64kg) were selected for the men’s event while Laxmi Maya Gautam (junior patron and spiring, 40kg), Kusum Thapa ( junior spiring, 45kg), Shanti Tamang (senior patron, 1st dan), Januka Thapa (senior spiring, 55kg) and Anju Raut (senior spiring, 50kg) will play in women’s events. In its bid to win medals, Nepal ITF has hired North Korean coach Jo Chol Ho. — HNS