Wushu gold medallist Binita felicitated

KATHMANDU: Wushu player Binita Maharjan, who opened Nepal’s gold medal accounts at the 11th South Asian Games held in Dhaka from January 29 to February 9, was felicitated here at a programme jointly organised by the Shree Siddhi Ganesh Saving and Credit Cooperative Limited (SGSCCL) and Kathmandu Tole Sudhar Samaj today.

Constituent Assembly Member Nabindra Raj Joshi and Managing Director of SGSCCL Sanjeev Bhakta Shrestha handed over Rs 10,000 each and felicitation letters to Binita who won the first gold medal for Nepal at the Dhaka Games winning the women’s Thaulo (Taichi Quan) event. The locales of Yatkha also feted Binita. Earlier, the organisers held a victory rally around Ward No 19, Damai Tole, Yatkha — the birthplace of Binita.

Binita thanked all for supporting her and believing in her. “I was quite nervous in the beginning and was afraid of performing as it was my first SAG,” said Binita. “But I had a feeling that I have to do something for the country. I performed as I was taught in training and my hard works paid off,” said Binita, dedicating the medal to her family members and the residents of Yatkha. “Now I will concentrate in training for upcoming events,” Binita said.

Naresh Shrestha, Principal of Prime College, where Binita is studying in BBS third year, said the college was proud of the player. He also said the college was planning to organise a separate programme to honour Binita and other players selected from the college for Dhaka. The College has already announced full scholarships to all the eight players selected from the college for the SA Games.