National Sports Briefs

Nepal in Group A

KATHMANDU: Nepal were drawn in Group A of the AFC President’s Cup alongside Abahani Limited of Bangladesh, Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan and Yoedy of Chinese Taipei. The Martyrs Memorial A Division League champions will represent Nepal in the tournament slated for May 12-16 in Bangladesh. The Nepali club will take on Abahani on May 12 before taking on Dordoi Bishkek two days later. The team will play their final match against Yoedy on May 16. Three group winners and the best runners-up team among the groups will qualify for the President’s Cup finals slated for September. The hosts for the finals is yet to be announced.

Ram Bir Memorial Chess

KATHMANDU: The Himalayan Chess Club is organising the Ram Bir Shrestha Memorial FIDE Rating first National Open Chess Tournament in Gaa:bahal on March 8-13. Top three players will be awarded Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.The organisers are expecting around 100 players in the tournament.

Yeti Airlines triumph

BIRATNAGAR: Sunam Gautam scored a half century and took three wickets to steer Yeti Airlines to a 63-run win over Youth Corner Cricket Club (YCCC) of Bhagalpur in the Krishna Bahadur Shrestha Memorial Cricket Tournament. Yeti scored 240-8 and restricted YCCC for 177-8. Gyanendra Malla scored 77-ball 74 and Sunam made 56 off 42 balls for Yeti. Ajit Pandey took 4-38 for YCCC. In reply, Bashukinath Misra top scored with 44 runs for YCCC. Man-of-the-match Sunam returned with 3-25 for Yeti Airlines.

NPC, TAC enter final

BHAKTAPUR: Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Tribhuvan Army Club set championship date of the Nationwide Men’s Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. NPC beat Myagdi Volleyball Training Centre 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 and TAC saw off Nepal APF Club 25-19,26-24, 25-22.

Shrestha triumphs

KATHMANDU: Bijaya Bahadur Shrestha won the Surya Nepal Gokarna Monthly Medal here on Saturday. Shrestha scored a net 67-point to win the third event of the Gokarna Club Championship. Tendi Sherpa finished second on count back after tying on 69 points with Jie Liu. After the third event, Liu leads the overall standings with 140 points, 20 points ahead of Tendi Sherpa. Gokarna Forest Resort Director Suman Sachdev gave away the prizes.

3-on-3 basketball

KATHMANDU: Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Nobel Academy for the 3-on-3 U-19 Basketball Tournament here on Saturday. Both the parties, however, did not reveal the nature of sponsorship. The tournament is slated to begin here from June 3. NeBA President Lama Tendi Sherpa and MD of Nobel Academy Nawaraj Pandey signed the MoU.