Thapa enters semis

KATHMANDU: Veteran tennis player and President of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa stunned top seed Yogesh Sah of India 6-2, 6-4 to enter the semi-finals of the Veterans Tennis Tournament in Kolkata on Wednesday. In the tournament, organised

by the All India Senior Tennis Association, for the players above 45 years of age, Thapa avenged his last year's semi-final defeat to the same player. Thapa will take on defending

champion Nagraj Tom for a place

in the final. — HNS

Hosts, Birendra win

KATHMANDU: Hosts Samaj Kalyan Khelkud Kendra, Birendra Library, Navajyoti Yuva Pariwar and Casino at Service won their respective matches at the third Sujan Smriti Six-A-Side football tournament here on Wednesday. In the first match held at the Naya Bazaar grounds, Birendra Library defeated Church Boys 5-0 with Milan Tamang completing a hat-trick and Binod Dangol adding a brace. Raj Poudel scored two goals to give Nava Jyoti 2-0 win over Sakshyam Youth Club while hosts Samaj Kalyan saw off ABC Boys Club 1-0 with Navaraj Gautam scoring the decider. Casino at Service registered a 3-0 win over Gurukul School after Rupendra Shrestha scored a brace and Susan Lama added the another goal. — HNS

Manandhar resigns

KATHMANDU: The legal expert of the National Sports Council (NSC) Surendra Manandhar tendered his resignation to the NSC Member Secretary Hari Babu Chaudhary here on Wednesday. Chaudhary accepted the resignation which comes into effect from Wednesday. Manandhar, who was appointed in the NSC by the CPN-UML led NSC board, resigned so as to make working ways for the new administration led by the Terai Madhesh Democratic Party (TMDP). His appointed, whoever, expires on May 3 next year. — HNS

Shyama through

JIRI: Shyama VDC and Ramechhap Youth Club reached semi-finals of the Hemanta Smriti Cup Open Volleyball Tournament held under the Jiri Sports Festival on Wednesday. Shyama beat Shivalayan Youth Club 25-20, 25-17 in the quarter-finals while Ramechhap edged past Jiri Samaj Sewa 25-14, 25-18 to secure their final four berths. Shyama will take on Singati Bazaar Youth Club while Ramechhap will play Mali VDC in the semi-finals on Thursday. Singati saw off Dhunge Youth Club 25-21, 25-20 while Mali defeated Hat Bazaar Boys Club 22-25, 25-18, 25-21. — HNS