FIFA referee donates for Baniya’s treatment

KATHMANDU: Nepal's FIFA referee Lava Khatri has donated Rs 5,000 for the treatment of the former Nepali volleyball international Dinesh Baniya on Thursday. The 41-year-old Baniya is fighting for life after kidney failure. Doctors at the Apolo Hospital in India last week advised him for transplantation which costs around Rs 1.2 million. Baniya, who played for the-then Mahendra Police Club, was the member of the sixth and seventh South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in 1991 and 1993. — HNS

Players Assam-bound

KATHMANDU: Nepal Chess Association (NCA) on Thursday bade farewell to the Nepali team scheduled to participate in the Indo-Nepal Friendly Chess Tournament in Assam. Nikesh Duwal, Madan Kayastha, Prajwalla Raj Rajopadhyaya, Prakash Nepal, Saurav Pradhan, Prashant Bhasima, Sri Krishna Prajapati, Anil Silpakar and Bijanman Thaiba will take part in the May 31 to June 6 tournament. NCA has named Maniswor Thapa, Robin Sunuwar and Bijay Raj Aryal as the reserve players. Among the officials to accompany the team are Nabin Tandukar and Sarjana Duwal. NCA president Rajesh Hari Joshi bade farewell to the team here on Thursday. — HNS

Akriti in semi-finals

LALITPUR: Akriti Acharya, Sachi

Gurung, Sonam Tamling and Pita Thurung made it to the girls' Under-12 section semi-finals of the Junior Tennis Initiative Tournament here on Thursday. Advancing to the quarter-finals in the boys' Under-10 section were Bhisma Sharma, Bipin Thapa, Resham Karki and Sanrakchhan

Bhusan Bajracharya. Likewise, Karisma Gautam and Pita Thurang also made it to the last eight in the girls' Under-10 section. — HNS

Unique enter final

KATHMANDU: Unique and Penwood entered the senior boys' section final of the first Young Heart Inter-school Basketball Tournament on Thursday. Unique crushed Sambotta 72-46 riding on 21 points from Manish while Pennwood sneaked to a 65-62 win over hosts Young Heart. Sushant netted 22 points for the winners while Tenzing Sherpa top scored with 25 points for the hosts. — HNS

Nepal team champion

KATHMANDU: Nepal claimed the team championship of the third NSKA International Karate Championships on Thursday. The hosts won 15 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals while India finished runners up with seven gold, as many silver and 14 bronze medals in the tournament organised by the Nepal Shotokan Karate Association. In the WKF events, Nepal won additional 22 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze medals while India earned six gold, eight silver and 32 bronze medals. Iran finished third with four gold, three silver and as many bronze medals. — HNS

Wilson Hoops 2009

KATHMANDU: Wilson Academy and Rupy's International won their respective senior boys' section matches at the Wilson Hoops 2009 ninth Inter-school Basketball Tournament here on Thursday. Anil Pandey netted 32 points as Wilson saw off Daffodil 70-49 while Rupy's edged past Arunodaya 37-28. Also, KIST hammered Wilson'B' 57-19. In the girls' section, Arunodaya dispatched Galaxy 24-21 while Gyan Niketan defeated Rupy's 25-23 in the junior boys' section match. — HNS