Sports Briefs

Prez praises winners

KATHMANDU: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday congratulated the 11th South Asian Games medallists on Sunday. At a programme at his office, Dr Yadav also congratulated coaches and team managers of the medal-winning disciplines. Nepal won eight gold, nine silver and 20 bronze medals in 13 different disciplines at the SA Games in Dhaka. While praising the success of the players, President termed the achievement of the four-time SA Games gold medallist Deepak Bista an extraordinary feat.

YCCC beat Saharsha

BIRATNAGAR: Nishant Kumar claimed six wickets as Youth Corner Cricket Club (YCCC) of Bhagalpur beat Saharsha FXI Cricket Club during the Krishna Bahadur Shrestha Memorial Cricket Tournament on Sunday. YCC were bundled out for 128 runs in 28 overs but a fiery spell from Nishant helped YCCC dismiss Saharsha for 113 runs in 25.2 overs. Sanjiv Chaudhary top scored for YCCC with 35 while Manjit Kumar chipped in 29 and Nishant 22. Niraj Kumar took 4-28 for Saharsha. Saharsha were cruising along nicely at 83-2 before losing eight wickets in just 30 runs. Man-of-the-match Nishant returned with 6-19 from five overs.

Armymen lift trophy

BHAKTAPUR: Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) won the seventh Nationwide Men's Volleyball Tournament defeating Nepal Police Club (NPC) 22-25, 25-18, 28-26, 19-25, 15-10 here on Sunday. The Armymen pocketed Rs 25,000 while NPC earned Rs 15,000. Earlier in the third place match, Armed Police Force (APF) Club beat Myagdi Volleyball Training Centre 25-22, 24-26, 25-8, 25-19. APF received Rs 8,000 and Maygdi got Rs 4,000. Kumar Rana Magar of TAC was declared the best setter and server of the tournament while Deep Bahadur Khadka, Dil Bahadur Karki and Keshav Shrestha were adjudged the best player, defender and coach respectively. Sanjay Aryal and Prem Bahadur Shahi of Nepal Police won the best spiker and blocker's award.

Nepal Police advance

KATHMANDU: Nepal Police Club (NPC) and New Diamond Academy reached the volleyball tournament semi-finals held under the Women's Festival organised by All Nepal Women's Association here on Sunday. NPC defeated Angel Heart 25-8, 25-6 and Samakhushi English Boarding (SEB) School 25-4, 25-10 while New Diamond outplayed Ratna Rajya (RR) College 25-8, 25-8 and Bijeshwori School 25-4, 25-6 to make it to the semi-finals. RR College, however, made it to the semis along with Angel Heart winning their remaining one match in the league. Angel Heart struggled past SEB 25-22, 18-25, 25-19 and RR sidelined Bijeshwori 25-11, 25-19. The Festival is organised to mark the 100th Women's Day.

Under-19 Badminton

KATHMANDU: The Banke District Badminton Association are organising the second U-19 National Open Badminton Championships in Nepalgunj on May 19-22. The tournament features four categories — men and women's singles, men's doubles and Above-45yrs Veterans. Former national player and tournament coordinator Anil Kumar Lakhe said that the tournament offers Rs 150,000 in cash prizes. The shuttlers reaching the quarter-finals are also assured of their share of cash prizes, said Lakhe on Sunday. The estimated costs of the tournament is Rs 670,000.