National Sports Briefs

Raj upsets Chuda

LALITPUR: Twelve-year-old unrated Raj Prajapati defeated 1945-rated Chuda Mani Bhattarai in the first round of the Ram Bir Shrestha Memorial FIDE Rating first National Open Chess Tournament here on Monday. Former Nepal champions Badri Lal Nepali, Naveen Tandukar and FIDE Master Manish Hamal also won their first round matches. Badri Lal defeated Ramesh Bhandari, Naveen beat Rajman Awale and Manish overcame Kumar Gurung. In other matches, Ganesh Man Duwal eased past Amit Dumaru, Sujendra Prasad Shrestha outplayed Sajan Joshi and Niraj Niraula sneaked past Mohan Magar.

New Diamond win

KATHMANDU: New Diamond School won the volleyball tournament organised by CPN-UML affiliated Nepal Women Association on Sunday. New Diamond beat Nepal Police 25-18, 11-25, 16-25, 25-16, 17-15. New Diamond won Rs 60,000 and Nepal Police earned Rs 40,000. In all six teams took part in the tournament organised to mark the 100th International Women's Day.

Kirtipur advance

KATHMANDU: Kirtipur Sports Club beat hosts Unemployed Youth Group 4-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the first Valleywide Seven-A-Side Football Tournament on Sunday. Sandesh Maharjan scored a brace and Sunil Maharjan and Dilan Shrestha added one goal apiece for Kirtipur. Binod Pradhan replied for the hosts. In another match, Pragatisil Yuva Samuha drubbed Shree Kumari Club 5-0. Sunil Basnet struck a hat-trick while Govinda Rimal and Rabindra Shilpakar also scored one goal each for Shree Kumari. Unique Group will take on Youth Forum and Chakrapath Simol United will face Balkhu United in Tuesday's quarter-finals.

Volleyball tourney

KATHMANDU: The Revolutionary Free Student Union Council is organising the Inter-college National Volleyball Tournament here at the Tribhuvan University from Tuesday. A total of 29 campuses will compete in the tournament organised in memory of former vice-president of the Council Benoj Adhikari. The top

three teams will receive Rs 50,000,

Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. National players, who represented Nepal in the recently concluded 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka, are not allowed to compete in the event, said the organisers on Monday.