National Sports Briefs

Former athlete dies

KATHMANDU: Gajaraj Joshi, the first Nepalese athlete to participate in an international event, died here at the age of 86 on Sunday. Joshi had been undergoing treatment in the hospital for the last two weeks. Joshi was the first athlete to represent Nepal in the first Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1951. Former athletics coach Joshi had also run the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Nepal

Sports Journalist Forum had honoured the athlete with the LG Lifetime Achievement Award during the Player of the Year—2004.

Rahul reprimanded

KATHMANDU: Nepal spinner Rahul Kumar BK received an official reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division-V final match against the United States of America on Saturday. Rahul pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the penalty imposed by ICC Match Referee David Jukes without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. “Through his admission, Rahul was found to have breached Section 12 Article 2.1.6 of the ICC Code, which relates to ‘pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman’,” said ICC in a release on Sunday.

Hari enters quarters

Lalitpur: Chhewang Lama and Hari Hayu made it to the men’s section quarter-finals of 10th Nepal Investment Bank Open Tennis Tournament here on Sunday. Chhewang eased to a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win over Bikash Thapa Magar and Hari also overcame Gagan Thapa with the same scoreline 6-0, 6-2. Also entering the men’s single quarter-finals were Santosh Khatri, Raju Chhetri, Gaurav Shah and Jitendra Pariyar. Santosh defeated Yam Gurung 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets while Gaurav laboured to a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Atmaram Karki. Jitendra saw of Raju Shrestha 6-1, 6-1. In the Above-35yrs veterans’ section, Daniel M Upton beat Pratirodh Pradhan 6-3, 6-2 and Harbendra Singh Chadda eased past Gauri Shanker Shrestha 6-1, 6-1.

Proteas beat India

AHMEDABAD: AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis hammered centuries to set up South Africa’s consolation 90-run victory over India in the third and final one-day international here on Saturday. De Villiers cracked a quickfire 102 not out for his sixth hundred and skipper Kallis a solid unbeaten 104 for his 17th century as South Africa posted their highest one-day total of 365-2 against India. Man-of-the-match de Villiers’s century came off just 58 deliveries, the seventh-fastest in one-day cricket. India, who rested openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and pacemen Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra after gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead on Wednesday, were all out for 275.