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Shuttlers depart

KATHMANDU: An eight-member Nepali shuttlers on Wednesday left for Guwahati to participate in the India International Challenge Tournament. Anil Lakhe, Bishal Pradhan, Rajendra Paneru and Bikash Shrestha in men’s section and Puja Shrestha, Nary Thapa, Shamjhana Khaling and Sushmita Gurung in women’s section will compete in five categories. Sudip Yonjon is the team coach while member of the Nepal Badminton Association Sameer Bahadur Shrestha will lead the team. — HNS

Officials off to India

KATHMANDU: Three taekwondo judges Kwan Young Dal, Madhuwan Lal Singh and Kumar Bahadur Karki left for Kuruchhetra, India on Wednesday to officiate in the sixth International Friendly Taekwondo Tournament scheduled for November 30 to December 1. They were invited by the India Taekwondo Federation. Nepali taekwondo players, representing Maitri Dojang, have already left for Kuruchhetra on Tuesday. — HNS

Football tournament

KATHMANDU: Young Communist League (YCL), Newa Rastriya Mukti Morcha and Nepal Republican Sports Federation are jointly organising the Prithivi Memorial Football Tournament here from November 29 to December 6. In all, 16 teams will compete for the championship, said the organisers here on Wednesday. The matches will be played in three venues — Dasharath Stadium, Sano Gaucharan Ground and ANFA Technical Centre. — HNS

Mountain Bike Race

KATHMANDU: Nepal Cycling Club is organising Damauli-Bandipur Mountain Bike Race on Saturday. About 50 cyclists will take part in the 45-km race, said the organisers on Wednesday. The event has been divided into two categories — Open and Women’s section. Top three winners in Open section will get Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 while the winners in the Women’s section will receive Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively. — HNS

Zurkhaneh demo

KATHMANDU: Ideal English School organised a Zurkhaneh demonstration on Wednesday. Iranian coach Mortaza Hoseimi highlighted the key aspects of the sports during the programme. Meanwhile, Nepal is set to participate in the Isfhan Cup Zurkhaneh Tournament to be held in Iran from February 19. Mortaza and Samrat Singh of India are currently in Nepal to observe the Nepali preparation for the tournament. Sevan Nepali players will compete in the tournament. — HNS

Akhtar hospitalised

NEW DELHI: Pakistani fast bowler Shaoib Akhtar was hospitalised on Tuesday with a chest infection ahead of the second Test against India, the Press Trust of India reported. Akhtar, who led Pakistan’s attack against the hosts during their first Test match in New Delhi, was taken to a hospital in Kolkata. Akhtar has been diagnosed with a chest infection, Pakistan team media manager Ehsan Malik said. It was not immediately known whether the he would play in the second Test starting in Kolkata from Friday. — AFP