National Sports Briefs
NPGA flays attack
KATHMANDU: Nepal Professional Golfers’ Association (NPGA) on Thursday condemned the attack on Nagender Kishan Pampati, Managing Director of International Society of Medical Education, on Tuesday in Ranibari, Lazimpat. Pampati escaped unhurt when a gunman riding pillion shot at him. “We strongly condemn the attack on Pampati, who is also a prominient member of the golfing society and a big supporter of Nepali golf,” said NPGA in a release. “We would like to reaffirm that we stand by Pampati all along and request the government to provide him enough security,” added NPGA.
Tamrakar wins trophy
Lalitpur: Kamal Thapa won the veterans’ (Above-45yrs) singles title at the 10th Nepal Investment Bank Open Tennis Championships, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Krishna Raj Ghale. Gyanendra Tamrakar beat Pawan Agrawal 6-1, 6-1 in the veteran’s (Above-55yrs) final. Chandra Shahi and Soviet Man Shrestha won the Above-35yrs veterans’ championship. The duo beat Manoj Rana and Sanu Gurung (Lama) 1-6, 6-3, 10-4 in final. Meanwhile, Madhukar Shumsher Rana and Murari Bhakta Mathema entered the Above-65yrs veterans’ singles final. Making it to the finals in the women’s veterans (above-35yrs) were Jyoti Rana and Renu Bajracharya while the pairs of Kumar Adhikari and Jitendra Pariyara, and Sri Ram Magar and Manoj Rana also entered the men’s doubles final.
APF enter semi-finals
BHAKTAPUR: Nepal APF Club and Nepal Police Club (NPC) entered the semi-finals of the Nationwide Men’s Volleyball Tournament. APF beat Jawalakhel Volleyball Training Centre 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-13 and NPC were declared the winner after their opponents Madhyapur Thimi Municipality failed to report.
New Era advance
KATHMANDU: New Era Sports Club entered the quarter-finals of the first Valleywide Seven-A-Side Football Tournament here on Thursday. New Era rallied for a 2-1 victory over Balambhu Sports Club. Dorje Lama and Mukesh Shrestha scored for the winners, after Sabin Shrestha had provided the lead for Balambhu. In other matches, Unique Boys Club defeated Swoyambhu Club Junior 3-0, while Balkhu United Club and Baisnavi played a 2-2 draw.
KATHMANDU: Far-western Cricket Development Club beat Sunny Cricket Club of Katihar by 61 runs in the Krishna Bahadur Shrestha Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Shahid Rangasala in Biratnagar on Thursday. Batting first, Far-western scored a mammonth 204-8 in 30 overs. Pradeep Airee scored 49 and Naresh Budhayer made 41 for Far-western. Sailesh Singh and Nisant Kumar took two wickets each for Sunny Club. Chasing 205, Sunny Cricket Club were bowled out for 143 runs in 24.1 overs with Md Rizwan (36) and Vijay Kumar (32) contributing the significant runs. Man-of-the-match Bhuwan Karki took four and Binod Chhetri two wickets for Far-western.
BDM Cricket Cup
KATHMANDU: BDM Nepal is organising the second BDM Six-A-Side Corporate Cricket Tournament here from April 1-4. Corporate houses of Nepal and India will take part in the tournament, said the organisers. According to the tournament coordinator Suresh Khatri, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Delhi), Tata Capital (Delhi) and Rotary Club Central (Kolkata) have confirmed their participation.