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Judo team returns

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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Nepali judo team returned home on Wednesday, with four bronze medals. Some of the players from the seven-member team were injured in an elevator accident in Dhaka Wednesday. Judoka Debu Thapa participated in the Games despite injury and went on to win a bronze. (PHOTOS: AHMAD ISKANDAR)

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Nepal’s new hockey record

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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Nepal lost its fourth consecutive and the last hockey match to host Bangladesh 0-24 today. With Wednesday’s loss, Nepal has broken its own record. It conceded 79 goals in four matches and could score only goal. In  1995 SAG, Nepal had conceded 54 goals, while scoring none.

Nepal has added one more bronze to its medal tally following Nepali men’s performance in shooting at the South Asian Games. Nepalese duo Tika Ram Shrestha and Chanas Rai won their medal in the 10-metre air rifle team event on Wednesday.

Nepal’s total medal count so far is seven bronze.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s handball team entered the semi-final round on Wednesday based on better goal difference after host Bangladesh beat Afghanistan 48-18. On Tuesday, Nepal beat Afghanistan bettering its chances of entering the semi-finals.

The Nepali men’s kabbadi team lost its final round robin match to Pakistan 16-44. Nepali kabbadi teams have already booked bronze medals in men’s and women’s event.

Nepali men’s football team is leading 1-0 against Bhutan on Wednesday afternoon. Anil Gurung scored in 35th minute.

The Nepali basketball team is currently playing its semi-final match.


Victory in women’s football

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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Nepal defeated Sri Lanka 8-0 in a women’s football match played at Bandabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.

Captain Jamuna Gurung scored a hat-trick.

Despite taking lead towards the end, Nepali women’s kabbadi team suffered a defeat in the hands of Sri Lankans 24-21. However, in the four-team kabbadi competition, Nepalese girls bagged their first medal in an international match.

In weightlifting, Gopal Bahadur Shrestha failed to win any medal finishing fourth with a total of 264kg lift.

In shooting, Asmita Rai finished fourth in ten-metre women’s air-rifle scoring 384 points.

In hockey, Nepal lost to Sri Lanka 15-1, breaking its own record at conceding goals. So far, Nepal has conceded 55 goals in three matches. In the 1995 South Asian Games held, Nepali hockey team had conceded 54 goals in four matches. Nepal is yet to play a match against the host team, Bangladesh.

Deependra Aire became the second hockey player to score in an international match. Rajendra Shrestha had scored a goal for Nepal in 1995 SAG.

Nepali shuttles were also whitewashed on Tuesday. Badminton players, Sarah Devi Tamang, Biskash Shrestha, and Ratnajit lost all of their singles matches.


Bronze despite injuries

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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Judoka Debu Thapa, who was injured in the elevator accident last week, has won a bronze medal in the South Asian Games.

Thapa suffered shoulder injuries when an elevator in the Imperial Hotel in Dhaka plunged several stories last week. She entered the games using painkillers and went on to defeat an Afghani player in below 63 kg category. Doctors had initially indicated that she should be unable to participate in any matches.

With Thapa’s win, Nepal’s medal count is six bronze.

Nepali squad got some relief today as men’s kabbadi and hadball teams won their matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively. In kabbadi both, men’s and women’s, teams are likely to win the bronze medals.

Nepali players won against Sri Lanka in kabbadi in the South Asian Games. PHOTO SURESH NEUPANE

Nepali players won against Sri Lanka in kabbadi in the South Asian Games. PHOTO SURESH NEUPANE

Celebrations after the victory. PHOTO: SURESH NEUPANE

Celebrations after the victory. PHOTO: SURESH NEUPANE


Football dreams dashed

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Except in judo, Nepal’s lackluster performance in 11th South Asian Games continued on the 4th day of the Games on Monday.

Nepal’s Rajan Joshi won a bronze in 100 plus weight category in judo. Joshi won against an Afghanistan player but lost to Pakistan and Bangladesh judokas.

In soccer, Nepal’s hopes of winning a semifinal berth in the 11th SAG were dashed after Maldives outplayed Nepal 1-0 at Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka. With two consecutive defeats, Nepal has lost the chance of winning a gold in football. Nepal will play against Bhutan next.

Maldives got a lead in the 17th minute with captain Umar Mohamd scoring from a spot kick. Defendder Robin Shrestha touched the ball inside the penalty area after keeper Bikash Malla tried to release the ball from his grip. The assistant linesman declared Shrestha’s action foul and awarded a penalty to Maldives

Nepali players upped their game but failed to level the score. Anil Gurung missed an easy opportunity as he hit wide of the post in the 34th minute. Gurung had to beat only the Maldives keeper.

Keeper Malla saved a penalty kick taken by Maldivian captain. Referee Ali Hasan had awarded a second penalty to Maldives that was contested by the Nepali team.

The referee held his decision prompting Nepali players to stop the game for eight minutes. Nepali assistant coach Mrigendra Mishra was asked to leave the dugout for invading the pitch and asking his players to boycott the game. The match resumed after after ANFA president Ganesh Thapa’s intervention.


Formidable effort

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Even though Nepal lost to Bangladesh in men’s handball 40-18, the team showed a formidable effort in the 11th South Asian Games.

Handball was included in the SAG for the first time this year. In spite of irregular training, and that too in a basketball court, Nepali players put up a good show. This is the first international tournament for the Nepali handball team since 2006.

The captain and the keeper of the team, Sandesh Regmi, was brilliant while saving a dozen goal attempts from Bengali players.

After the game, Coach Prakash Singh Thakuri said: “These guys played well. We lacked experience in the mat court and also any international experience.”

Team member Padma Nepali was injured 15 minutes into the game and was unable to play. Nepali officials’ incompetence was displayed again as the medical team arrived at the court 20 minutes later although a seven-member medical team is in Dhaka for the games.

Cricket: Sri Lanka defeated Nepal in cricket by 64 runs. Batting first, Sri Lanka gave a blistering start by scoring166 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 8 wickets. Nepal scored just 102 run in 20 overs losing 3 wickets.


Nepal wins three bronze

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Deepak Krishna won a bronze medal in judo, putting Nepal’s medal count so far at three bronze. Nepal also won two bronze in men’s and women’s badminton events.

Rest of the day’s round up: Bangladeshi cricketers defeated Nepal by eight wickets. Nepal had scored just 80 runs losing five wickets in 20 overs. The host team achieved the target in just 9.2 overs losing just two wickets. Binod Bhandari was the higest scorer with 18 runs and captain Gyanendra Malla scored 14 runs. Nepal will play against Sri Lanka on Monday.

In kabaddi, India defeated Nepali men’s team 47-12.

Nepal had a frustrating start in men’s basketball. They were beat by Maldives 69-62. Nepal will play against Bangladesh on Monday.


Shocking defeat for weightlifter

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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kamal pic2 (1)Weightlifter Kamal Bahadur Adhikari, who won gold in the 10th South Asian Games held in Sri Lanka, had to return empty-hand in the 69kg category in Balgladesh.

While competing on Sunday, Adhikari lifted 117kg in snatch but failed to lift 152 kg in three attempts. He was disqualified. Sri Lanka won the gold.

“I am shocked,” said Adhikari after the event. “It was unexpected.”

In other categories, India trashed Bangladesh 5-0 in men’s badminton. Pakistan’s Tanvir Ahmen won the first gold in judo (below 81 kgs) defeating Sri Lankan Tsusitha Ranga Fernando.


Defeats

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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More discouraging news for the Nepali team at SAG:

Bangladesh women’s kabbadi team defeated Nepal (33-10).

In men’s badminton, Nepal lost to India (5-0).

Pakistan defeated Nepal in men’s hockey (19-0). In the seventh South Asian Games held in Madras, India, Nepal had lost to Pakistan 22-0.

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Old anthem played at SAG

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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The host of the 11th South Asian Games bungled while playing Nepal’s national anthem during the opening match of the badminton event at Paltan’s Gymnasium.
The organisers played the old Nepali anthem “Sri man gambhir” instead of the new one “Saya thunga phulka hami” at the ceremony. They said that they had no idea when and how they would be able to get a copy of the new version of Nepal’s national anthem.
The organisers said they were provided the copy of the anthem by Nepal Olympic Committee and did not realise Nepal has long abrogated and replaced it with a new one.
In the last South Asian Games held in Sri Lanka, the organisers had played the old anthem instead of new one during the final football meet of the football tournament played between Nepal and Pakistan. During then, the orgnaisers had said that they were provided the old version of anthem by the Nepalese Olympic Committee.

The host of the 11th South Asian Games bungled while playing Nepal’s national anthem during the opening match of the badminton event at Paltan’s Gymnasium on Saturday.

The organisers played the old Nepali anthem “Sri man gambhir” instead of the new “Saya thunga phulka hami” at the ceremony. They said Nepal Olympic Committee  provided them with the tune and did not realise Nepal has long abrogated and replaced it with a new one.

In the last South Asian Games held in Sri Lanka, the old anthem was played during the final match of the football tournament played between Nepal and Pakistan. The organisers  then said that they were given a copy of the anthem by Nepalese Olympic Committee.


 

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