Nepal’s miserable run continues

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s miserable run continued in the first Asian Martial Art Games today as well after losing two karate and an wushu event in Bangkok.

Milan Nepali suffered a humiliating 9-1 loss against Thailand’s Saratham Hirannithisatphol in below-55kg weight category. Nepali was eliminated with more than a a minute to spare. In men’s 64kg bout, Ram Limbu lost to Doni Dharmawan of Indonesia 5-1. Both Nepali karatekas were unable to find a third place fixture since their opponents failed to make into finals.

Nepal’s coach Tulasi Maharjan blamed incorrect official decision for Nepali’s loss and sighted Limbu’s clumsiness a factor for his defeat. Maharjan also gave up hopes of earning medals in the remaining four karate events. In contrast, Nepal Karate Federation president and Chef-de-mission Purendra Bikram Lakhe is still hopeful with the Nepali karatekas. “We have to take lesson from these outcomes and hope for the better to come,” said Lakhe.

In wushu’s sansau event, Samjhana Gurung lost to Chinese opponent 2-1 in the below-60kg bout held at Sufanbury Sports Centre. Gurung, who is certain to bag at least a bronze as only three countries are representing in the event, will now take on a Philippino opponent in her second league match on Friday. Also on Friday, Mukunda Maharjan will take on Afghani opponent in the below-67kg category karate event and Shashank Shrestha will either be facing Jordan or Kuwaiti player in the below-75kg section.