Nepal crash out

KATHMANDU: Nepal crashed out of the AFC Challenge Cup with a 1-0 defeat against DPR Korea at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. Song Chol’s 38th minute goal meant Nepal are out of the tournament with second successive defeat. Nepal lost their opening Group B match 3-0 against Myanmar on Thursday. The result also meant Korea and Myanmar secure the semi-final berths at the expense of Nepal and Sri Lanka. Nepal and Sri Lanka, who are yet to earn a point, will play for pride on Monday. — HNS

Farewell to Olympians

KATHMANDU: Nepal Shooting Association (NSA) on Saturday organised a farewell ceremony for the Nepali Olympians and coaches here on Saturday. The NSA President Puspa Das Shrestha wished success to the players taekwondo ace Deepak Bista, who qualified for the Beijing Olympics, along with other seven wild card entries judoka Debu Thapa, lifter Kamal Bahadur Adhikari, shooter Fulmaya Kyapchhaki, athletes Arjun Kumar Basnet and Chandra Kala Thapa, swimmers Karishma Karki and Prasiddha Jung Rana — and coaches. Nepal Olympic Committee President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan, Member Secretary of National Sports Council Jeevan Ram Shrestha among others were present on the occasion. — HNS

Friendly soccer match

KATHMANDU: Nabil Three Star Club and JOSO FC of Japan are playing a friendly match at the ANFA Technical Centre at Satdobato on Sunday. The 10-member Japanese team, which came here under the leadership of JOSO FC convenor Suresh Bajracharya, will also include former Three Star player and coach Mrigendra Mishra and others in their team. The Three Star Club, to be led by founder president Dinkar Govinda Amatya, will field young and veteran players for the friendly match. Vice President of Nabil Three Star Club Nirmal Ratna Shakya and other officials welcomed the Japanese team that arrived here on Friday. — HNS

College badminton

KATHMANDU: The Free Student Union of Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus is organising the second Valleywide Inter-campus Badminton Tournament here on August 10-12. In all, 20 colleges under Tribhuvan University will take part in the tournament, said the organisers at a press meet on Saturday. The tournament, one of the 15 disciplines selected by the TU for the year, will feature five categories - singles and doubles in both the men’s and women’s sections and mixed doubles. Each college can field a maximum of two teams in one category, the organisers informed. — HNS

IOC to donate $4m

BEIJING: The International Olympic Committee is donating $4 million to help rebuild the Chinese region hit by a major earthquake in May. Nearly 70,000 people died when a 7.9-magnitude quake hit Sichuan on May 12. Another 18,000 people are still missing and 5 million were left homeless in China’s worst disaster in three decades. The IOC, which had previously donated $1 million, made the additional contribution during a ceremony on Saturday at the Great Hall of the People on the opening day of a two-day executive board meeting ahead of the August 8-24 Beijing Games. — AFP