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Yadav finishes first

LALITPUR: Asim Yadav of Central Region accumulated 659 points to beat Shankar Shrestha (651) and Krishna Ghorasaini (648) in the individual Men’s Air Rifle final of the Birthday Cup Open Shooting Competition organised by Nepal Shooting Association to mark the 59th birthday of King Gyanendra. In Air Pistol, Sudan Khadka (642), Rudra Raj Maskey (627) and Deepak Thapa (624) grabbed top three spots. In women’s individual section, Saraswati Baniya won the Air Pistol event (451), followed by Sangita Karki (443) and Sabita Basnet (440); and in Air Rifle, Asmita Rai (374), Fulmaya Kapchhyaki (373) and Durga Sinjali (360) claimed the top three positions. Central Region, comprising of Rudra Raj Maskey, Uddhav Shah and Suraj Bikram Shahi, won the Men’s Air Pistol group event with 1595 points, followed by Tribhuvan Army Club with 1568 points from its members Sudan Khadka, Deepak Thapa and Ishwor Gurung. In the third place were Nepal Police, who scored 1241 points through Makar Gurung, Kul Bahadur Basnet and Ram babu Dani. In Air Rifle, Central Region (1670), TAC (1640) and Nepal Police (1387) won top three spots.

Gillette badminton

KATHMAMDU: Badal Limbu, Bikram Luintel, Phurba Sherpa, Fudorji Sherpa and Rabin Pandey advanced to the second round at the fourth Gillette Inter-school Badminton Tournament, which began here today. Also, Pratik Budhathoki, Tirtha Malla, Rajan Shiwakoti, Bishal, Dipesh, Kritagya Bhattarai, Saugat Pulami and Suman Karki entered the second round of the four-day tournament, which has been oranised by Gillette School.

IMT clinch title

LALITPUR: The final of the TSAN Inter-technical College Volleyball Tournament between Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) and Thapathali Engineering Campus took a different turn after some of the Thapathali supporters attacked on IMT players and officials in the third set. The IMT had won first two sets and was leading the third. The organisers — Technical Students’ Association of Nepal (TSAN) — declared the IMT as winners and banned Thapathali Campus for five years in TSAN-organised events. According to a release issued by the TSAN, the attackers looted the winners’ trophies, 48 medals, 20 momentos and destroyed all certificates and damaged college properties. The girls’ final has been postponed for Wednesday.

Pravesh, Suresh win

LALITPUR: Pravesh Maharjan beat Rameshwor Neupane 3-0 and Suresh Gurung beat Prajjwol Raut 3-0 and advanced to the Men’s Open quarter-finals at the Birthday Cup Open Squash Competition, which has been organised by Nepal Squash Rackets Association to mark the 59th birthday of King Gyanendra. In Master’ Open, Dilip Adhikari beat Anil Bajracharya 3-0 and Ratna Kaji Shakya defeated Prem Singh 3-0 to enter the last eight. Matte Damboard beat Prashanti Gurung 3-0 and Krishna Thapa beat Manida Shah 3-0 to make it to Women’s Open quarters. Binit Shrestha beat Saurabh Khetan 3-0 in Boys’ Novice section, while Digvijay Singh beat Amrit Thapa 2-0 and Amrit Thapa beat Aranta Singh 2-1 in U-14 Boys’ section.

Shuttlers depart

KATHMANDU: A two-member Nepali team left for Indonesia to take part in the 8th Junior Asian Badminton Championship that began in Jakarta today. Member secretary of National Sports Council Kishor Bahadur Singh bade farewell to the team. Shuttler Rajendra Paneru will take part in the boys’ singles in the Under-19 section beginning on July 13, while team leader president of Nepal Badminton Association Prakash Bahadur Shahi will take part in the Annual General Meeting of Asian Badminton Federation (ABF) scheduled to be held on July 17, the last day of the tournament. — HNS