Ministry forms committee

KATHMANDU: Youth and Sports Ministry today named a 28-member task force to form a National Sports Policy. Nepal Olympic Committee president Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan is the convener while the National Sports Council vice-president Sitaram Maskey the joint-convener of the committee. “We have been given three-month to draft the National Sports Policy,” said Pradhan. Among the members of the committee are Ramesh Chand, Sanat Bahadur Basnet, Ajar Manandhar, Purendra Bikram Lakhe, Birendra Yadav, Gita Rana, Sushila Shrestha, Shekhar Golchha, Gopal Sundarlal Kakchhyapati, Khadga Bahadur Ranabhat, Hom Bahadur Baruwal, Binay Raj Pandey, Kumar Thapa, Gajendra Pradhan, Ramesh Khanal, Baikuntha Manandhar, Amiri Yadav, Jayendra Chand, Dr Prakash Pradhan, Tej Gurung, Uday Rai, Deepak Bista, Arjun Biswokarma and a representative each from Nepali Army and Youth and Sports Ministry. — HNS

Xavier advance

KATHMANDU: Xavier International entered the boys’ section quarter-finals with a 55-32 win over Reliance Academy in the sixth Prime Cup Inter-college (+2) National U-19 Basketball Championship on Wednesday. In other boys’ matches, Rato Bangala edged past Orient 38-37, Ace beat National College of Computer Studies 58-31 and Gyanodaya defeated National Campus 52-49. In the girls’ section, Xavier overcame National Campus 18-16 and White House beat Orient 32-29. — HNS

Gyanubaba win

KATHMANDU: Gyanubaba maintain the lead atop the league standings with their sixth consecutive win here at the third Dhorpatan Blue Sky Cup Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday. Gyanubaba have 18 points from six matches after defeating Fishtail Academy 25-20, 25-20, 25-19. Fishtail and Nepal Police Club (NPC) share the second position with 16 points. NPC defeated New Diamond 25-15, 25-10, 25-7 before seeing off Rai Team 25-5, 25-10, 25-9. Fishtail also beat Rai Team 22-25, 25-5, 25-17, 25-12. Nakhipot, who lost 22-25, 25-14, 21-25, 15-25 against New Diamond, are next with 11 points. Nepal Volleyball Club, New Diamond and Rai Team are at the bottom of the table with nine points each. — HNS