Kathmandu, October 29
Zest Badminton Academy honoured gold medalists of the Yonex Sunrise Pakistan International Badminton Series Nangsal Devi Tamang and Ratnajit Tamang with cash prize of Rs 5,100 and letter of felicitations here today. The event was organised in Islamabad, Pakistan from October 18-21.
Tamang siblings won the medals in the mixed doubles event beating Pakistani pair of Muhammad Bhatti and Mehmona Ameer 21-13, 21-15 in the final.
Nepal Badminton Association President Ramjee Bahadur Shrestha and Zest Badminton Academy President Madhu Sudan Pathak handed over the letters of felicitation and cash to them during a function.
“We felicitated the players for their feat in international competition,” said Pathak.
This is the first occasion that Nepali badminton players won gold in international competition.
“Tamang siblings showed that Nepal can win gold medals in international arena and this is the sign that Nepal can also win medals in singles category,” said NBA President Shrestha.
Meanwhile, Tamang siblings commented that winning gold medals in international tournament was happiest moment.
“My target was to secure a berth in the semi-finals but we were fortunate that won the title. And winning first gold medal for Nepal was happiest moment,” said Nangsal Devi Tamang.
“I was targetting singles title but failed in the category. However, I put my whole efforts in the mixed doubles and won the title as well,” said Ratnajit Tamang.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.