National Sports Briefs
RIBS claim title
KATHMANDU: Rhododendorn International Boarding School (RIBS) defeated Deep Jyoti 1-0 to win the Daffodil Cup Junior Football Tournament on Tuesday. Sunil Lama scored the decider in the ninth minute of the extra time after a goalless draw in the regular 70 minutes of play. Dhiraj Pradhan of RIBS was declared the best player while Lalit Budha Magar of Deepjyoti was adjudged the best goalkeeper. Meanwhile, Trungram International Academy (TIA) and Niten Memorial School (NIMS) won the Daffodil Cup Senior Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament. In the boys' final, TIA beat Unique Academy 70-61 riding on 24 points from Bikash Gurung while Meena Gautam's 10 points handed NIMS the girls' title with a 33-15 win over Penwood Academy. Anish Shahi of TIA and Phoorba Yangdi Sherpa of Penwood won the Most Valuable Player awards. Bikash Gurung of Unique and Ruchika Basnet of Mahendra Bhawan were the highest scorers.
Four more bronzes
KATHMANDU: Nepal claimed four more bronze medals in the fourth Rajiv Gandhi International Judo Championships in Jaipur on Tuesday. Alen Maharjan (100kg), Raj Bahadur Chand (73kg) and Devendra Karmacharya (66kg) won bronze in the men's section while Ranju Rai clinched the bronze in the women's 57kg category on Tuesday. Hosts India topped the medal tally with 10 gold, 10 silver and six bronze while Nepal finished fifth with eight bronze medals. Shree Ram Makaju (81kg), Sunita Bohara (), Indira Rai (70kg) and Fupulama Khatri (63kg) had won bronze medals for Nepal on Monday.
Seven-A Side football
KATHMANDU: The Unemployeed Youth Group are organising the first Chakratirtha Cup Seven-A Side Open Football Tournament from February 27 to March 23. A total of 24 teams will participate in the league-cum-knockout tournamen. The Rs 650,000 tournament will give away Rs 50,000 to the winners while other teams rounding up in top four will also pocket Rs 30,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, informed the organisers on Tuesday.