National Sports Briefs

U-16 Elite Cup

KATHMANDU: Nepal will take on Malaysia in the ACC U-16 Elite Cup semi-finals here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on Sunday. Nepal won all three matches to top Group B while Kong Hong also advanced as runners-up from the same group. Group A topper Singapore, also unbeaten in their three league matches, will meet Hong Kong in another semi-finals at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds.

Oli, Tamang win

KATHMANDU: Birendra Oli won the men's open weight category gold medal here at the 11th Men's and 10th Women Full-contact Karate tournament on Saturday. Oli defeated Dipendra Batla in final. Nisha Tamang claimed the women's open category defeating Sarita Pariyar in final. Other winners include Birman Lama (65kg) and Kancha Lal Waiwa (55kg). The two-day tournament was organised by the Nepal Kyokusin Karate-do Association.

Uttam claims title

LALITPUR: Uttam Raj Thapa accumulated 8.5 points to win the first Ram Bir Shrestha Memorial FIDE Rating National Chess Tournament on Saturday. Uttam defeated Sajan Pandey in the final round to pocket Rs 10,000. Meanwhile, the recently concluded Makhan Rating Chess Tournament champion Ganesh Man Duwal (8) bettered Nepal champion Badri Lal Nepali (8) on progressive rate to finish second. Duwal earned Rs 7,000 and Badri Lal got Rs 5,000. Ganesh defeated FIDE Master Manish Hamal in his final round while Badri Lal beat Rijendra Raj Bhandari. Umesh Sainju earned 6.5 points to win the unrated section while Shri Krishna Prajapati and Raj Prajapati won the U-19 and U-15 category. Matina Kushi won the women's section while Rajendra Prasad Shrestha was named the best veteran player.

Ajaya wins Stage 1

KATHMANDU: National champion Ajaya Pandit timed 2 hours 35 minutes to win the fifth stage of the fourth Yak Attack Mountain Bike Championship. Ajay, who won the Stage 1 and 2, left Kaji Sherpa (2:45:37) 10 minutes behind in the 23km race from Taal to Chame, a route that had an ascent of 1171m and a descent of 209m. Mangal Krishna Lama timed 2:45:55 to finish third. Ajaya also lead the overall standings with 11:16:08 while Mangal has a timing of 11:34:11, a 23 minute lead over third placed Australian veteran Phillip Hystek.

Siddhanath in final

KATHMANDU: Siddhanath Multiple Campus and Nepal Commerce (NCC) entered the final of the Benoj Memorial Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. Siddhanath defeated Tikapur Campus 25-17, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16 and NCC beat Prithvi Narayan Campus 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-19.