Machhapuchhre Cup

KATHMANDU: Kaski District Swimming Association is organising the second Machhapuchhre Cup Age-group and Open Swimming Championship in Pokhara on October 1-2. The tournament features 25m freestyle and backstroke events for below 10yrs, 50m freestyle and backstroke for 11-12yrs and 13-14yrs, and 50m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke for 15-17yrs age group. In all, 150 swimmers from 20 schools are expected to participate in the event. — HNS

Gebrselassie does it again

BERLIN: Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie broke his own world record on Sunday at the Berlin Marathon for the second consecutive year in the German capital. The 35-year-old brushed off a calf injury he suffered in training to finish the race in 2hrs, 03mins and 59sec. He took nearly half a minute off his own previous world record of 2hrs, 04mins and 26sec set here a year ago. This was the sixth time the world record has been broken in Berlin on the traditionally flat course. It was his sixth victory in his ninth marathon. Kenya’s James Kwambai finished second and his compatriot Charles Kamathi was third. — AFP

Changa Chait

KATHMANDU: Youth Vision Youth Club is organising the Kakani Open Changa Chait competition

on October 2. The club is expecting around 100 participants in the event organised to promote

Kakani as a tourism destination. “We have already received confirmation from 51 participants,” said president of the club Pashupati Thapa. — HNS

Mashud retires

DHAKA: Former Bangladesh captain and the country’s most successful wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud has retired from international cricket. Mashud, also a handy batsman, scored 1818 runs in 126 ODIs, with 91 catches and 35 stumpings. The announcement came as Bangladesh cricket struggles with the sudden retirement of at least 13 players, including seven from the national team to play in the unofficial Indian Cricket League. — AFP