Athletes crash out

KATHMANDU: The Nepali athletes failed to qualify for the finals in their respective events at the first Asian Youth Games in Singapore on Tuesday. At the Bishan Stadium, Sandip Gurung times 11.89 seconds in the 100m heats, while Ramita Chaudhary finished the distance in 13.68 second in girls’ race. The 400m participants, Siddhanta Adhikari and Manisha Adhikari also faltered. Siddhanta finished the race in 51.64 seconds, while Manisha finished last. Nepal are also taking part in shooting, basketball, table tennis and swimming. — HNS

Balal receives 5th Dan

KATHMANDU: Senior coach and President of Nepal International Taekwondo Federation Krishna Bahadur Balal was honoured on Tuesday after he was granted the fifth Dan black belt by the International Taekwondo Federation on June 10. Balal, the key person to establish the game here a decade earlier, had received the previous four Dan degrees in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2005. — HNS

Eto’o gets Barca offer

MADRID: Barcelona have offered Samuel Eto’o a two-year contract extension at his current pay level, the player’s agent Jose Maria Mesalles said on Tuesday. Mesalles denied that Manchester City had made an offer for Eto’o. Bara president Joan Laporta said over the weekend that Manchester City had made a “stratospheric” offer to sign the player and make the Cameroon striker the highest-paid player in the world. His contract runs out at the end of next season. “The ‘stratospheric’ offer the president spoke of is absolutely false because we have not yet sat down with the English club,” Mesalles said. — AP