Local briefs

Bansbari hold Birgunj

LALITPUR: Bansbari Youth Club held Birgunj Youth Academy to a goalless draw in the Martyrs Memorial ‘B’ Division League Football here at the FIFA Technical Centre on Tuesday. In another match, Himalayan Shrerpa Club defeated Sano Guacharan Youth Club 3-1. Amar Pun opened the scoring for Himalayan Sherpa in the 51st minute but bottom-placed Sano Gaucharan drew level through a 72nd-minute strike from Santosh Shrestha. Two late goals in two minutes from Himalayan Sherpa meant Sano Gauchaan are yet to open their account after six matches. Surendra Thapa scored in the 87th minute and Santosh Maharjan struck two minutes later for Himalayan Sherpa. Swoyambhu Youth Club lead the standings with 15 points from five games, four more than Birgunj Youth Academy. Kumari are next with 10 points, while Bansbari have nine. Swoyambhu will take on Kumari and Kathmandu Club will meet Tushal Youth Club on Wednesday. — HNS

Foundation stone laid

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minster and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam along with Asian Basketball Federation general secretary Datoo Yeoh Choo Hock laid the foundation stone of the NeBA’s Covered Hall and Academy buildings here on Tuesday. Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) is constructing the buildings on a 12-ropani land in Chapali Bhadrakali VDC. NeBA has planned to complete the project in two years with an estimate budget of Rs 16.7 million. Meanwhile, NeBA handed over FIBA, FIBA Asia and NeBA flags to mountaineer Prakash Bhote, who is scheduled to scale the Mt Everest two months later. — HNS

Cross Country Race

KATHMANDU: Sports For All, Nepal is organising the Inter-school Open Cross Country Race at Gothatar on Saturday. More than 400 students are expected to take part in the event, said the organisers at a press meet on Tuesday. The top three winners in both the boys and girls sections will receive Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively, while others in the top 10 will get Rs 500 each, the organisers informed. The Sports For All, Nepal came into existence some two months earlier and has plans to organise various sports in the days to come. — HNS

COAS meets athletes

KATHMANDU: Chief of the Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal on Tuesday congratulated the Tribhuvan Army Club players who won medals at the Real second Kathmandu International Marathon and the 10th Galaxy Swimming Championship, said the Army bulletin. A total of 20 Armymen - 10 each in both the events - had won medals and cash prizes at those events. High ranking army officers and Nepal Marathon Pvt Ltd officials were also present on the occasion. — HNS