Rana sisters enter pre-quarters

Kathmandu, August 20

Rana siblings Mayanka and Mahika made it to the women’s doubles round of 16 in the tennis competition of the 18th Asian Games at the JSC Tennis Court in Pelambang today.

The Rana sisters defeated the Maldives pair of Aminath Irufa Mahir and Zeina Abdul Rasheed in straight sets of 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the competition. Nepali players will now face Japan in the pre-quarters. In men’s doubles, Samrakshyak Bhushan Bajracharya and Abhishek Bastola faced a 6-1, 6-1 defeat at the hands of Indian pair of Sumit Nagal and Ramanathan Ramkumar.  Nepali players will also take part in singles and mixed doubles events.


Sagar Gubhaju faced a 25-5 defeat against Hung Vo Quoc of Vietnam in the quarter-final bout of men’s below-58kg weight category. Gubhaju had made it to the last eight with a 54-40 victory over Dorjee Tenzing of Bhutan in the first round match earlier on Monday.

In women’s section, Nima Gurung suffered a 23-10 loss at the hands of Aoun Laetitia of Lebanon in the round of 16 bout, while Sangita Basyel Nepali faced a 20-17 defeat against Arpon Darlene Mae of the Philippines in the below-67kg weight category.

On Tuesday, Olympian Nisha Rawal will face China’s Pan Gao in above-67kg section, while Gyani Chunara will play against Bhutan’s Choden Kinzang in below-57kg weight category. Likewise, Anoj Pujari will take on Ruslan Zhaparov of Kazakhstan in men’s above-80kg section.


Nepal’s challenge in shooting ended on Monday after all three shooters crashed out. Sushe Chaudhary accumulated 581 points out of 645 and finished 42nd among 44 shooters in men’s 10m Air Rifle event. In women’s section, Kalpana Pariyar scored 594.8 points, while Susmita Nepal accumulated 587.1 points. Out of the 48 participants, Pariyar and Nepal finished 45th and 46th respectively.