Nepali athletes falter in S’pore

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s performance on third day of the first Youth Asian Games in Singapore was forgetful as there was not a single event where the Nepali players were worth applauding.

Nepal on Thursday participated in athletics, 3-on-3 basketball, table tennis and shooting but not a single event provided Nepali officials with a respite. Sagar Thapa leaped 6.15 metres in long jump to finish at 10th position.

The girls’ basketball team was the most frustrating as it faced a humiliating 34-0 loss against Japan. The Nepali team, which was impressive in their previous match against South Korea on Wednesday, failed to score a single point against title favourites Japan. Samikshhin Bista, Nora Gurung, Shiva Karmacharya and Raj Shree Shah were the players in the Nepali team.

Skipper Nora said the team failed to perform as expected. “Today we could not play to our potential. The reason might be the lack of the international exposure,” she said. Nora, however, was confident of performing better in the next match against Qatar on Friday. In men’s basketball, Nepal lost to South Korea by 33-11 in which Udit Ratna Tamrakar netted four points.

Nepal faced a similar disappointment in the Table Tennis team event after they lost 3-0 at the hands of Hong Kong. In girls’ singles, Rojina Deshar lost to Li Ching Wan 11-6, 11-6 and 11-4, while Sonukuma Gupta was beaten by Daryl Hong 11-5, 14-12 and 11-3 in boys’ singles. The Hong Kong team thrashed Nepal 11-2, 11-6 and 12-10 in the mixed doubles. Nepal’s disappointment in international swimming continued after Banin Shrestha finished at the bottom of 50m breast stroke heats clocking 36.51 seconds.