NPC claim team championship

KATHMANDU: Nepal Police Club (NPC) claimed the team championship of the fourth Korean Ambassador National Taekwondo Championships here today.

NPC won the championship with four gold medals while Bijeswori Gyan Mandir finished second with three gold and two silvers. Tribhuvan Army Club ended up third with one gold and silver each along with four bronze medals. Koteswor Dojang won the team championship in junior section with two gold and a silver medal. Bijeswori finished second with two gold and as many bronze medals while Dhalko Dojang ended up third with two gold medals.

Ganesh Bahadur Khadka of NPC and Yan Kumari Chaulagain of Baghdev were named the best players in senior section while Pradeep Ale of Dhalko and Debika Tamang of Bijeswori earned the junior sectionhonour. The 10th South Asian Games gold medallist Manita Shahi (NPC) clinched the women’s 62kg gold medal beating Sangita Basyal of Kathmandu.

Sanjana Tamang of Lyaku beat Rek Maya Gurung of Kaski to claim the women’s 67kg title. In other women’s finals, Laxmi Thapa of Bijeswori defeated Lalita Ale of PLA for the 57kg gold while Kalpana Rana Magar of Bijeswori saw off Minu Lama of Koteswor for the 53kg category gold. Also, Yan Kumari beat Sangita Shrestha of National Taekwondo Training Centre in 49kg and Srijan Khadka of Bijeswori overcame Laxmi Rana of Butwal in 46kg final.

In the men’s 54kg final, Rajendra Shahi of Birgunj beat Santosh Pun of Balgram while Yam Bahadur Pun of NPC defeated Sujan Joshi of Sallaghari in 58kg final. Likewise, Policeman Ganesh clinched the 63kg section gold with a win over Keshav Shrestha of Kohalpur. Also, Armyman Dan Bahadur Aire won the 74kg section gold while Ramesh Kumar Shrestha of Trishuli and Prakash Giri of PLA clinched gold medals in the men’s 80kg and 87kg categories respectively.

In boys’ section, Ranjit Shrestha (55kg) of Surkhet and Jhalak Man Tamang (58kg) of Voice of Children clinched gold medals. Dipika Tamang (42kg) of The BGM and Bina Lama (44kg) of Baghdev claimed gold medals in girls’ section.

In all, 616 players from 80 teams took part in the tournament organised jointly by Nepal Taekwondo Association and South Korean Embassy. South Korean Ambassador to Nepal Hong Sungmog gave away prizes.