Prachanda wins

KATHMANDU: Prachana Malakar maintained his lead with five points on the third day of the Kathmandu District Chess Tournament here on Sunday. In the fifth round, Prachanda defeated Sagar Kumar Dangol. Surendra Maharjan is second with four points after he beat Gyanendra Prasad Shrestha, while Dangol and Bijendra Singh are joint third with 3.5 points each. In other matches, Gobinda Khadka beat Bhairaja Maharjan, Nabin Jaiswal defeated Suman Shrestha and Prem Lal Maharjan outplayed Monalisa Khambu. All three players accumulated three points each. The top three players will qualify for the 15th National Chess Championship to be organised by Lalitpur District Chess Association from August 16. — HNS

IFES triumph

LALITPUR: International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) defeated Care Nepal by six wickets in the final of the second Serious Fun Inter-INGO/Donor Cricket Tournament here at The British School on Sunday. Batting first, Care Nepal were bowled out for 36 runs in their allotted six overs and IFES reached 40 without loss in 4.4 overs. Man of the match Sunil Shrestha (24) and Raj Kumar KC (14) saw their team through with an unbroken opening stand of 40 runs. Sambit Sharma scored 14 for Care Nepal. In the third-place playoff, British Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) beat Save The Children (STC) by four wickets. STC scored 39-3 in six overs and BNMT overcame the target losing two wickets in four overs. Earlier, in the league matches, Care nepal beat STC by six wickets and IFES defeated BNMT by 24 runs. Raj Kumar KC of IFES was named the man of the series. Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Graham Lade among others gave away prizes to the winners of the four-team event organised by Shangri-La Cricket Academy. — HNS

Basketball

KATHMANDU: Intensive International Academy is organising the second Maniraj Memorial Inter-school Basketball Tournament from August 4. The tournament features competitions in three sections — senior and junior boys and girls. A total of 16 teams each in senior and junior boys and 12 teams in girls sections are taking part in the event. All-star matches in all the three categories are also scheduled on the last day. — HNS

Course ends

KATHMANDU: The Olympic Solidarity Coaches Technical Course in Hockey ended here on Sunday. A total of 23 coaches from 13 districts participated in the seven-day course conducted by International Hockey Federation expert Jagbir Singh. “The Nepali coaches are qualified and have potentials to coach,” said Singh, former Indian national team player. Nepal Hockey Association President Umesh Lal Shrestha informed the association was organising the junior championship in near future. Shrestha also handed over the kits to chief coach Ashok Pandey. Nepal Olympic Committee President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan presented the token of love to Jagbir Singh and certificates to the participants. — HNS

Coca-Cola Cup

LALITPUR: All Nepal Football Association is organising the final round of the Coca-Cola Inter-school National Football Tournament from Monday at the Dasharath Stadium. A total of 10 teams have qualified for the league-cum-knock out round from the selection tournament held in four venues — Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Biratnagar. The teams have been divided into three groups and the group winners and the best runner up team will enter the semi-finals. Jalpa, Social Public and Siddharatha Vanasthali are in Group A, while Baishnavi, Deep Jyoti and Sautha School are in Group B. The Group C comprises Don Bosco, Gyan Kunja, Bright Horizon and Gyanodaya High School. The top four teams will be awarded with Rs 200,000, Rs 100,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. Bottlers Nepal Pvt Ltd is the main sponsor of the tournament. — HNS