SAG Briefs


DHAKA: Boxer Ajit Gurung had to content himself with silver medal after losing 32-17 against Bangladesh’s Md Jewel Ahmed Jony in the 60kg final. Despite the loss, the boxer impressed the auditorium with his fierce fighting ability. Gurung entered the final with a 10-9 win over Mohammed Aziz of Afghanistan. Coach Prachanda Sharma expressed satisfaction over Gurung’s show. “He was exceptional and the game was very competitive,” said Sharma. “He lost the match but the margin of the defeat should not have been what the judges announced,” added Sharma. Apart from the silver, Laxman Saud earned a bronze in the 51kg category. Saud, who had a first round bye, lost in the semi-finals.


DHAKA: Nepali archers won the bronze medal here on Monday. The team of Ashim Sherchan, Prem Prasad Moktan, Ramesh Bhattachan and Prem Moktan scored 196 points to beat Bhutanese team, who managed just 143.


DHAKA: Rajendra Bhandari and Arjun Kumar Basnet are the only players who can now save the blushes of Nepali athletes. The two athletes are scheduled to participate in the marathon on Tuesday morning. While Basnet is the silver medallist of the 10th SA Games, Bhandari is the double gold winner in 3000m steeplechase and 5,000m. Bhandari, however, was stripped of the medals after he was caught in doping. None of the athletes on Monday made any impression, finishing last in almost all the events they took part in. Bal Krishna Chaudhary was the only athlete to have done reasonably well. Chaudhary finished fourth in men’s High Jump with a leap of 1.95 metres here at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.