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Swimmers selected

KATHMANDU: Nepal Swimming Association (NSA) on Wednesday selected 10 swimmers for the 11th South Asian Games to be held in Dhaka early next year. Among the players selected in the men’s section were Sailesh Rana and Banin Shenshah Shrestha (breast stroke), Prasiddha Jung Shah (freestyle), Chandra Singh Mahato (butterfly) and Puspa Raj Shahi (back stroke). Khim Bahadur KC, Om Bahadur Kumal and Kisim Lal Tharu were named as reserves. Likewise, Shreya Dhital and Shaila Rana (freestyle), Karishma Karki (butterfly), Bibidha Rimal (breast stroke) and Osin Bharati (back stroke) were selected in the women’s section. Nayana Shakya, Sudha Shrestha and Jitzwelly Maharjan were named as reserved. — HNS

APF honours players

KATHMANDU: Armed Police Force (APF) on Wednesday felicitated their athletes and boxers for their performances during recently concluded the two national events. Winners of the third Real Kathmandu Marathon— held on September 12 — and the second Nationwide Open Boxing Tournament — held on October 10-14 — were feted at the APF headquarters in Halchowk. APF dominated the women’s full marathon after their athletes Kanchi Maya Koju, Krishneswori Sintakala and Surya Maya Rai claimed top three positions. Arjun Prasad Dhakal won the fifth place in the men’s marathon. Likewise, Binda Shrestha won the women’s half marathon and Geeta Khatri took home the first runner up prize. APF also dominated the second Nationwide Boxing Championships with a haul of 17 gold medals. — HNS

Players off to Delhi

KATHMANDU: A six-member Nepali tennis team departed for New Delhi to participate in the second Asian Junior Tennis Challenge on Wednesday. Among the players to compete in the October 22-24 event are Pranjal Kayastha, Milan Rokaya, Mina Gharti Magar and Sagun Thapa. Team coach Renu Bajracharya and All Nepal Lawn Tennis Association President Manoj Rana also accompanied the team. ANLTA general secretary Manohar Das Mool bid farewell to the team. In all 210 players from 42 countries are taking part in the tournament, informed the ANLTA. — HNS

Zige smashes record

BEIJING: Olympic champion Liu Zige demolished the women’s 200m butterfly world record at China’s National Games on Wednesday, shaving almost two seconds off the previous mark. The official Xinhua news agency said Liu touched in 2:01.81, shattering Australian Jessica

Schipper’s previous mark of 2:03.41 set at the world championships

in Rome in July. — AFP

Bologna fire coach

ROME: A day after the fourth bit the dust, a fifth Serie A coach lost his job as Bologna replaced Giuseppe Papadopulo with Franco Colomba on Wednesday. On Tuesday it had been the turn of Gennaro Ruotolo to be released by rock-bottom Livorno. Roberto Donadoni and Angelo Gregucci had already been fired by Napoli and Atalanta respectively while Luciano Spalletti had chosen to leave AS Roma. Bologna sit third from bottom in Serie A having lost half of their eight matches. — AFP