Nepal | May 23, 2019

Khatri, Moktan earn wildcards

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 23

Gold medalist judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri after winning the game, in India, on Moday, February 15, 2016. Photo: Mahesh Acharya

Gold medalist judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri after winning the game, in India, on Moday, February 15, 2016. Photo: Mahesh Acharya

Judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri and archer Jit Bahadur Moktan have earned the wildcards for this year’s Rio Olympic Games.

The Tripartite Commission of Olympic Games had last month confirmed taekwondo player Nisha Rawal’s participation in the summer games slated for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Nepal's Archer Jit Bahadur Moktan. Photo: Mahesh Acharya/THT

Nepal’s Archer Jit Bahadur Moktan. Photo: Mahesh Acharya/THT

“The International Olympic Committee confirmed the wildcards for Nepali judo player Phupu Lhamu Khatri and archer Jit Bahadur Moktan,” informed Nepal Olympic Committee in a release today. “The NOC had requested the IOC to provide wildcards to the athletes — who have secured minimum qualifying points — to ensure their participation in the Olympics,” the release added.

Taekwondo player Rawal and judoka Khatri have been training under the Olympic Scholarship Programme along with four other athletes. Khatri, the gold medal winner of the 12th South Asian Games held in India in March, is currently training in Hungary, while Rawal has gone to South Korea for a 20-day special training. NOC has applied for wildcards in six sports disciplines — taekwondo, archery, judo, boxing, badminton and shooting. The Tripartite Commission of Olympic Games decides the quota of wildcards for the member associations.

 


A version of this article appears in print on June 24, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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