Nepal Army honour SA Games medallists

KATHMANDU: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Chhatra Man Singh Gurung felicitated the 11th South Asian Games medal winning Nepali Army players and coaches amidst a ceremony at the Army Headquarters on Saturday.

Bronze medal winning Kabaddi players Dambar Bahadur Baduwal, Mahesh Bohara, Jaya Bahadur Bohara, Sushila Magar and Kosh Maya Basnet along with shooter Krishna Ghorasaini and judoka Kalu Man Tamang, who could not participate in the Games after he was injured in the lift mishap, were honoured with promotions. Likewise, bronze medallist shuttler Sara Devi Tamang and kabaddi players Man Bahadur Ranabhat, Bhuwan Khadka, Dan Bahadur Airee and Kalpana Shrestha were rewarded with the opportunities in the NA’s Peace Keeping Missions.

Meanwhile, the NA press release said the incentive for the long-distance runner Rajendra Bhandari, who won the marathon (later declared as the Road Race because of the short course) gold medal in the regional meet was under the process. The former middle distance runner is all set to become a second lieutenant once the process gets finalised.

The coaches affiliated with the NA were also honoured. The CoAS Gurung handed over the cash rewards to coaches Puspa Raj Ojha (athletics), Sangina Baidya (taekwondo), Bimal Kumar Pokhrel and Shanti Singh (kabaddi), Mahendra Lal Shrestha (Badminton) and Pradeep Khati (shooting). Nepal had won eight gold, nine silver and 20 bronze medals in the SA Games held in Dhaka from January 29 to February 9.

Ace Devt Bank recruit Binita

KATHMANDU: Ace Development Bank has employed the 11th SA Games wushu gold medallist Binita Maharjan on Sunday. The bank has employed the player as an intern for one year with provision of the player’s release during tournaments. “We believe in providing encouragement to players in order to help uplift the quality of the Nepali sports sector,” said the bank in a release. The bank has previously supported taekwondo ace Deepak Bista finalcially during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ace also boosts of being the sponsor of the Nepali team that participated in the 18th Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou in 2009.