Nepali Times

SAG concludes

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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The 11th South Asian Games concluded on Tuesday with a colourful ceremony at Banga Bandu National Stadium in Dhaka.

Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahaman officially announced the completion of the multi-sport event that lasted 11 days.

Taking part in all 23 disciplines, Nepal secured fifth place in the 11th SAG securing eight gold, nine silver and 20 bronze medals. Regional sporting superpower India took the top spot in the medal table with 173 medals (90 gold, 55 silver and 29 bronze medals) followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Nepal won all its gold medals in martial arts and marathon category in the last three days of the event.

All eight countries that participated in the SAG won medals. Maldives was at the bottom of the table with two bronze.

The host nation ended the Games with a ceremony that last four hours. During the ceremony, the flag of SAG was handed to the president of the India Olympic Council, Suresh Kalmadi.

Veteran Nepali taekwondo player Deepak Bista set a new in Dhaka SAG by winning gold medals in four consecutive SAG. Wushu player Binita Maharjan was the first athelete to win a gold for Nepal.

However, there were some unsavory moments for Nepali players in Dhaka. The elevator accident involving Nepali judo players, quarrel among kabbadi officials, bungling of the Nepali national anthem and the hoisting of Nepali flag upside will probably be remembered long after Dhaka SAG.

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Bista sets a record

Monday, February 8th, 2010
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deepak bista winning goldTaekwondo player Deepak Bista set a new record on Monday by winning the gold medal in the fourth consecutive South Asian Games.

Bista defeated Bhutan’s Tashi in under-87kg final 6-1 on Monday becoming the first Nepali to set such a record. He is also the first South Asian player to have won gold medals in four consecutive South Asian Games.

Nepal’s marathon runner Baikunhta Manandhar had held the record by winning gold medals in three consecutive SAG.

After his record-breaking performance, Bista said that he was happy about the unexpected victory even though he had sustained knee injuries.

“My victory has conveyed the message that hard work and dedication can result in success,” Bista said.

In women’s taekwondo event, Ayesha Shakya also won gold medal beating Latika Bahandari of India 5-1 in  the final of under-53kg category. Shakya was silver medalist in 10th SAG.

Nepal had also expected to win a gold medal under-57kg category of women’s taekwondo in which 10th SAG Manita Shahi was participating. She was beaten in the final by Sri Lankan Fatima Keshia Suhail.

Nepal won two gold medals in karate. In 75kg category, Binod Shakya defeated Sri Lankan player to win the gold and Ganga Adhikari won another gold in women’s 61kg category defeating Afghanistani player in the final.

Aang Baau Lama also won a gold medal in wushu men’s taijiquan and taijijian all round event. Nepal has seven gold medals so far.

In boxing, Nepal’s Ajit Gurung won a silver after he was beaten by host Bangladeshi boxer Mohammad Jewel Ahamed Jony in the final of 60kg lightweight.

In women’s  football final, Nepal lost to India 1-3 in Kamalapur of Dhaka.


Two golds

Sunday, February 7th, 2010
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Nepal bagged two gold medals in two martial arts events a day before the 11th South Asian Games is due to end.

On Sunday, Binita Maharjan won a gold in wushu tichi scoring 8.85 points and beat her Indian opponent.

In karate 55kg event, Nepali Sunil Lama also beat his Indian opponent in the final match becoming the proud winner of a gold medal.


Silver for Nepal

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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Nepal won two silver and two bronze medals on the 9th day of the South Asian Games on Saturday.

Kumar Manandhar secured the first silver medal in the 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka. Manadhar was competing against Afghanistan’s 16-year-old Mohammad Haidari in taekwondo. Young Haidiri defeated Manandhar 8-4 in the final meet at National Sports Council Hall.

Manandhar had sustained a injury during a semi-final match with Bhutan. Nepali coach Kwon Yeongdal said Kumar had used excessive kicks against Bhutan and injured himself. Had he not been injured, he would have won against Afghanistan, he  said.

Meanwhile, Yan Kumari Chaulagain won a bronze medal after she lost 5-8 to Bangladeshi Sharmin Farjana Rumi in the 46 kg semi-final.

Ashish Maharjan lost his quarter-final match against Pakistani player Rehamat Jahan in the 68kg category.

Nepal won another silver medal in wushu on Saturday. Purushottam Rijal who had reached the final was defeated by Indian Rabindar Dalara 2-1. The loss handed Rijal a silver medal.

The under-21 cricket team recorded an emphatic but consolation win against Maldives. Nepal beat Maldives by 10 wickets in Mirpur Cricket Ground. Electing to bat first, Maldivian players were all out for 55 in 16.5 overs. Nepal reached the 56 runs target without losing a wicket in 7 overs. Anil Mandal took 4 wickets and scored 29 runs for Nepal while Bhuwan Karki and Amrit Bhattarai claimed two wickets each. Subhash Khakurel scored 27 runs.

In table tennis, Nepal men’s team won bronze medal after beating Pakistan 3-0 but failed to reach the final after being defeated by India with the same margin. Against Pakistan, Nepali peddlers Ajay Suwal, Prurushottam Bajracharya and Deep Sawan swept the match in their team’s favour. Meanwhil, Nepal’s women team failed to reach semifinal after being defeated by host Bangladesh 3-2.

Satyandra Prasad Yadav won a silver in 120kg category in wrestling. Indian wrestler Hitesh defeated Yadav in the final.

Nepali women  ensured their spot in the final of 11th SAG women’s football after routing Pakistan 7-0 at the Bangabandu National Stadium on Saturday evening. They will face India in the finals.

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Two more bronze for Nepal

Friday, February 5th, 2010
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The hope of winning gold and silver medals in wushu went down the drain after Alina Chaudhary and Jharana Gurung lost their semi-final matches against India. Alina was defeated  0-2 by Sonakher Devi in 48kg and Jharana lost by same score to Sandhya Devi in 6o kg sansau event in Sylhet. With the losses, both players had to be content with just bronze medals.

The bronze medals from Alina and Jharana has propped up Nepal’s tally to 11 bronze. Nepal is at the 6th spot in the medal table, while Afghanistan that started participating in the Games in 2004 is at the 5th position.

Nepal’s boxing campaign in the SAG began with a loss at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Hall in Dhaka. Sachin Raut lost to Mohammad Arif of Afghanistan in 48kg light flyweight. Raut suffered defeat during the third round when referee stopped the contest.

Host Bangladesh mauled Nepal 42-11 in the handball match played for the bronze medal. With the loss Nepal finished at 4th place in the six-team handball event, included for the first time in SAG.

Nepal also lost to Bangladesh in the basketball match played for the bronze 62-75. Nepal was neck to neck with the host until the third quarter. The loss condemned the Nepali team to the 4th spot place in basketball, also included for the first time in SAG.


Mixed results in wushu

Friday, February 5th, 2010
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Mixed result in wushu
Two wushu players entered the semi-final round in the South Asian Games in Sylhet.
Alina Chaudhary beat  Rosana Hanif of Pakistan in 48 kg sansau and Jharana Gurung defeated Molani Pathihasa of Sri Lanka in  60 kg sansau. All the semi-finals will be held Friday evening.
Meanwhile three male players were beaten in the quarter-finals. Prem Darlami lost to Sri Lanka’s Iveshekha in 70 kg sansau category and Bir Singh Tamang was beaten by Dammika of Sri Lanka in 66 kg sansau. Sunny lama was also defeated by Pakistani Najif Farvej in 52 kg sansau.
In taekwondo, Nepali women players Manita Shahi and Ayesha Shakya were kicked out in the first round. Taekwondo’s pre-judging round took place on Firday and main events will start from Saturday.

Two wushu players have entered the semi-final round  in their category in the 11th South Asian Games.

Alina Chaudhary beat  Rosana Hanif of Pakistan in 48 kg sansau and Jharana Gurung defeated Molani Pathihasa of Sri Lanka in  60 kg sansau. All the semi-finals will be held Friday evening.

Meanwhile three male players were beaten in the quarter-finals. Prem Darlami lost to Sri Lanka’s Iveshekha in 70 kg sansau category and Bir Singh Tamang was beaten by Dammika of Sri Lanka in 66 kg sansau. Sunny lama was also defeated by Pakistani Najif Farvej in 52 kg sansau.

In taekwondo, Nepali women players Manita Shahi and Ayesha Shakya were kicked out in the first round. Taekwondo’s pre-judging round took place on Firday and main events will start from Saturday.


Nepali shooters miss mark

Friday, February 5th, 2010
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Nepali shooters miss mark

Nepal finished at the bottom in shooting’s 10-metre air pistol event in the 11th South Asian Games.

Out of five teams, Nepali men’s team took the last spot. Nepali shooter Badaruddin Ansari scroed 549 points out of 600 while Sudhan Khadka accumulated 541 points. Anil Thakuri finished last among his teammates with 520.

Nepal was 106 points behind gold medal winners from India who scored 1716.

Even though they finished at the bottom of the table, Nepali shooters qualified for the individual event of 10-meter air pistol. Top eight shooters of the team event qualify for the individual events.

Nepali men’s team had won a bronze medal in 10-metre air rifle team event on Wednesday.

Nepali shooter Badaruddin Ansari said the loss was mainly due to lack of experience and exposure in international tournaments. “This is the first tournament we have participated in since 2006 when 10th SAG was held,” he said.


Two more bronze

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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Nepali shuttlers claimed two bronze medals in both men’s and women’s team events at the South Asian Games in Dhaka on Thursday. With two medals in badminton, Nepal’s total medal tally has reached to nine bronze medals. Earlier Nepal won four bronze medals in judo, one in shooting and two in kabaddi.

Nepali teams hope to win some gold and silver medals in the martial arts events, which will start in the city of Sylhet on Friday. Even before the start of the matches, Nepal has been assured at least a medal in wushu. Santosh Rijal received a bye in wushu’s 70kg category Sansau event and entered the semi-final. This is Rijal’s first time in the South Asian Games.

In squash, Nepal lost to Pakistan 3-0 in men’s team event. Nepali squash players Heera Bahadur Thapa, Sudip Bahadur Singh and Suresh Kumar Gurung lost to Pakistani players Farhan Mehaboob, Mansur Jamal and Farhan Jamal respectively.

men's and womens kabadi teamNepali kabaddi squad with their medals. Women team’s captain Sangeeta Gautam below.
(Photos: Suresh Neupane)

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Women’s football suffers defeat

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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The Nepali women’s football team, which is hoping to make into the final, lost its third match against India 0-5. India had a lead on Nepal by three goals until half time and added two more in the second half.
Nepal could still play in the final if it beats Pakistan in the fourth match of the round-robin format. Nepal has already won matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Nepali handball team’s hopes of reaching final were dashed when Pakistan thrashed it 45-15 in the semi-final on Thursday.
A victory has been awarded to Nepal though: Tej Gurung, president of Nepal Handball Association, has been elected vice president of the South Asian Handball Federation. A meeting of South Asian Handball Federation held on Wednesday endorsed the recommendation made during the conference of the International Federation in Cairo in June. “My nomination along with Nepal’s performance at the 11th SAG will help raise the standard of the game,” Gurung said after his nomination.
The matches in the martial arts category – wushu, taekwondo and karate – in which Nepal is hoping to win some gold medals will begin tomorrow.

The Nepali women’s football team, which is hoping to make into the final, lost its third match against India 0-5. India had a lead on Nepal by three goals until half time and added two more in the second half.

Nepal could still play in the final if it beats Pakistan in the fourth match of the round-robin format. Nepal has already won matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the 11th South Asian Games.

Meanwhile, Nepali handball team’s hopes of reaching final were dashed when Pakistan thrashed it 45-15 in the semi-final on Thursday.

A victory has been awarded to Nepal though: Tej Gurung, president of Nepal Handball Association, has been elected vice president of the South Asian Handball Federation. A meeting of South Asian Handball Federation held on Wednesday endorsed the recommendation made during the conference of the International Federation in Cairo in June. “My nomination along with Nepal’s performance at the 11th SAG will help raise the standard of the game,” Gurung said after his nomination.

The matches in the martial arts category – wushu, taekwondo and karate – in which Nepal is hoping to win some gold medals will begin tomorrow.


Nepal beats Bhutan in football

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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The Nepalese football team restored some lost pride beating Bhutan in match of its group at the Bangabandu National Stadium on Wednesday. Nepal had lost two earlier matches against Bangladesh and Maldives. In Wednesday’s match, Striker Anil Gurung scored two goals in the 35th and 73rd minute.

In cricket, Pakistan humbled the Nepalese team by 91 runs in Mirpur Cricket Stadium. The world 20-20 champion Pakistan piled up 173 in the allotted 20 overs with the loss of just two wickets. Nepalese batsmen failed to match them, and were restricted to 82 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.


 

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