Local briefs

Ram wins gold

KATHMANDU: Ram Shrestha of Nepal Youth Boxing Group (NYBG) won the gold medal beating Bhaskar Gurung of Mahendra Police Club in the 45kg weight category at the first Vallewide Boxing Competition, at NSC covered hall today. In other weight category finals, Jeet Bahadur Thapa of NYBG beat Dev Bahadur Silaji of Nepal Police in 48kg; Rajan Budhathoki beat Jagat Shrestha in all-Lalitpur Boxing Club 51kg bout. The other finals will be held on Tuesday.

B’day Cup chess

KATHMANDU: Nepal Chess Association is organising the Nationwide Birthday Cup Chess Tournament from July 2-6 to mark the 59th birthday of King Gyanendra. The organisers have expected some 50 participants in the tournament. The nine-round tournament will be held as per Swiss League format. Meanwhile, the organisers also informed that the association was honouring its former secretary Rambir Shrestha with a lifetime achievement award post-humously for his contribution to the development of the sport. NCA president Sitaram Agrahari, vice president Arun Baidya, general secretary Bhawani Limbu, member Hira Bahadur

Sthapit and convenor of the tournament Sujendra Prasad Shrestha were present on the occasion.

Rain plays havoc

LALITPUR: The semi-final matches of the third KCC Running Trophy Inter-college Cricket Tournament between ACME Engineering College and Himalayan White House International College, and Kathmandu Don Bosco College and Eastern Engineering College, have been washed out due to early morning rain on Monday. Umpires Adip Pradhan and Deepak Pokharel

declared the pitch not playable and the organisers rescheduled the matches for Tuesday. The final of the tournament will be held as per the schedule on Wednesday. — HNS