Sahara earn Rs 1.5m

POKHARA: Sahara Club announced a profit of Rs 1.5 million from the 13th Aaha-RARA Gold Cup held from February 3-14 at the Pokhara Stadium. “We are happy to announce the profit of Rs 15,45,764 from the tournament,” said Sahara Club President Bir Bhadra Acharya at a press meet on Saturday. According to Acharya, the club raised Rs 69,43,267 from gate collection, sponsors and donors, while they spent Rs 53,97,503 for the tournament. The saved amount will be used in Sahara Academy, which has been training and providing orphans with education.

TT team off to USA

KATHMANDU: A three-member Table Tennis team on Saturday left for the United States of America to officiate in the US Open Table Tennis Tournament slated for July 6-11 in Los Vegas. According to All Nepal Table Tennis Association, veteran player Govardhan Shrestha will compete in three events — Above 40, 50 and 60 age categories. Senior coach and international umpire Shankar Gautam and umpire Tejendra Mahara will officiate in the tournament. Players from 33 countries will take part in the tournament, informed Gautam. President of All Nepal Table Tennis Association Chaturandana Raj Vaidya and President of Nepal Veteran Table Tennis Association Ramesh Raj Joshi bade farewell to the team.

Baral loses to Victoria

KATHMANDU: Preeti Baral of Nepal suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loss at the hands of Moon Victoria of Belarus in the lawn tennis tournament at the 28th Summer Universiade Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Saturday. In 70m archery event, Prakash Gurung finished at the bottom with 532 points in men’s section, while Krishna Maya Syangtang scored 484 points in women’s section out of 720 points. In fencing, Rakhi Sharma lost the first-round match, while Sanjip Lama will compete on Sunday. Nepal has fielded 19 players from seven sports disciplines in the Games.

Bajracharya wins title

LALITPUR: Samrakshyan Bhusan Bajracharya and Mayanka Rana won the U-18 singles titles at the first Parents’ Cup Junior Tennis Tournament here on Saturday. In the boys’ section final, Bajracharya defeated Sakshyam Karki 7-5, 6-2, while Rana beat Aakriti Shah 6-1, 6-0 in girls’ category. Joint Secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports Chuda Mani Paudel, All Nepal Lawn Tennis Association President Manoj Rana, Vice-president Jyoti Rana and General Secretary Manohar Das Mool handed over the prizes to the winners.

Hamilton takes pole

SILVERSTONE: Defending champion Lewis Hamilton made it eight pole positions from nine races in his Mercedes this season when he posted the fastest qualifying time for Sunday’s British Grand Prix. The 30-year-oldhad struggled in practice on Friday but put those problems firmly behind him to take pole ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton presently leads Rosberg by just 10 points with the German having won three of the last four races.