Senior players dominate taekwondo selection

Lalitpur, January 4

Experienced taekwondo players Ayesha Shakya, Yan Kumari Chaulagain and Rejina Karki earned tickets for the 12th South Asian Games, in Lalitpur today.

Nepal national team member Shakya, gold medallist of the 11th SAG and silver winner in the 10th SAG, defeated Sangita Basyal of Nepal APF Club 8-1 in 62kg weight category. Tribhuvan Army Club’s Chaulagain thumped Nepal Police Club’s Sita Tamang 11-2 in 49kg. Chaulagain had won bronze medal in the 11th SAG.

In 46kg weight category, Rejina Karki of NPC edged past Sarita Shrestha from Western region. Karki will make her debut in the regional games. In other women’s section matches, national team’s Gyani Chunara and Renu Lama of Central region advanced to the finals in 57kg, while NPC’s Nima Gurung will compete against TAC’s Namrata Tuladhar in 53kg for finals.

In men’s section, Prem Rana from Western region, Sekhar Upprety from Central, Naresh Chaudhary from Far-west and Chandra Bahadur Rana Magar of APF advanced to the semi-finals in below 54kg weight category. In 58kg, Ranjan Shrestha of NPC, Naubalak Chaudhary of TAC, Sunil Paudel from Western and Manmohan Bhattari from Mid-western made it to the semi-finals.

In below 63kg, Bir Bahadur Mahara of NPC, Niraj Deuba from Far-west, Kiran Bahadur Ali from Western and Ajay Gurung from Central advanced to the semi-finals. Likewise, Padam Tamang from Eastern, Mohammad Wes from Central, Anil Moktan of APF and Jems Pradhan of NPC made it to the below 68kg semi-finals.

Nischal Man Shrestha of NPC, Ram Dutta Bhatt of National team, Prabin Shrestha from Eastern and Bharat Bohara of APF reached to the semi-finals in below 74kg weight category.

In below 80kg, Anoj Pujari of NPC, Nirajan Khadka of Far-west, Jay Prakash Khatkhanen of Central and Sakshyam Karki of National team made it to the semi-finals. In below 87kg, Durga Thapa of NPC, Anis Maharjan of Central, Bipin Karki of Eastern and Ram Hari Mahat of national team advanced to the last four.

Nepal Taekwondo Association (NTA) will select 13 players — eight males and five females — for the regional games. A total of 72 male and 45 female players are competing in the selection tournament.