NSJF to award players

KATHMANDU: Nepal Sports Journalist Forum (NSJF) has decided to give continuity to award the best male and female players to mark the International Sports Journalist Day on July 2. A NSJF meeting held under the presidency of its president Niranjan Rajbanshi decided to award Rs 5,000 and certificates each to the best players of the year. The meeting also decided to form a five-member players selection committee under the convenorship of its secretary Narayan Upadhyay, and a five-member management committee under its general secretary Hemanta Kafle. — HNS

Valley-wide Open Judo

KATHMANDU: Nepal Judo Association (NJA) is organising the Valley-wide Open Judo Championhsip from July 5 at Multiple Martial Arts Centre to mark the 58th birthday of King Gyanendra. According to NJA release, 90 mae and 30 female athletes from five judo clubs and 10 schools of the valley will take part in the competition. The male features bouts in 25kg, 30kg, 35kg, 40kg, 45kg, 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 65kg and open weight categories, while the female athletes will fight in 30kg, 35kg, 40kg, 44kg, 48kg and open weight categories. — HNS

Grading ceremony held

LALITPUR: Nepal Shotokan Karate Association (SKIF) organised a belt grading programme at its Manbhawan dojo here today. In all, 53 players including 13 each in yellow and orange belts, 10 in green belt and five each in purple and brown belts took part in the ceremony. The grading was held under chief coach of SKIF Niwas Gopal Baidya, and coaches Rajan Tuladhar, Shatrughan Maharjan, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Dinesh Shakya. — HNS