Local briefs

Thapa in semis

LALITPUR: Hira Thapa made it to the men’s singles semi-finals of the first CG TV Squash Tournament with a 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 win over Kiran Maharjan. Pramod Shrestha also entered the last four in the veterans’ singles with a 9-0, 9-1, 9-1 win over Basu Lama. Bikendra Limbu entered the semi-finals while Kishor Maharjan, Bidur Dhamala, Rajesh Ghimire and Dhan Bahadur Ghale advanced to the quarter-finals in the singles Plate Championship.— HNS

Sherpa departs

KATHMANDU: A three-member Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) team on Thursday left for New Delhi to attend a basketball management seminar. The NeBA president Lama Tendi Sherpa was accompanied to New Delhi by senior vice-president Narendra Thapa and general secretary Mahendra Man Shakya. Indian and American national basketball associations have jointly organised the three-day seminar starting from Saturday, said NeBA.— HNS

Samrat win

KAKARVITTA: Deepak Rai scored a hat-trick as Samrat Sporting Club of Biratnagar beat last year’s runner up Temke Club of Dharan 4-2 in the Eastern ANFA Championship League Football. Rai scored in the 30th, 79th and 90th minute while Sunil Magar added the other in the 42nd. Bhakta Rai replied for Temke in the 71st and Yalamber Rai in the 85th minute. — HNS

Climbers feted

KATHMANDU: Minister for Education and Sports Pradeep Nepal felicitated the first Inclusive Women Everest Expedition Team here on Thursday. A 13-member expedition team, who successfully scaled the Everest this year, was honoured in a programme organised by National Sports Council. The members of the team included Susmita Maskey, Pujan Acharya, Chunu Shrestha, Saili Basnet, Nimdoma Sherpa, Dawang Furi Sherpa, Maya Gurung, Pemadiki Sherpa, Asha Kumari Singh Danuwar, Usha Bista, Dagumbu Sherpa and Pemba Dorje Sherpa. Karateka Kama Chhiring Sherpa and lifter Maya Sherpa, who scaled the Everest last year, were also feted. — HNS

DHL Football

KATHMANDU: DHL Express Nepal, in association with Lotus Entertainment, is organising the fifth DHL Six A-side Football Tournament from Saturday. Around 32 corporate Houses will vie for the two-day championship, said the organisers. The 25 confirmed teams have been drawn into eight groups with winners from each group to make it to the knockout stages. — HNS