Kathmandu, April 19, 2019: The eighth National Games are currently being dominated by the Tribhuvan Army Club, and Nepal Police Club (NPC). Both the gold medals for kabaddi (men’s and women’s) went to the Tribhuvan Army Club.
In the men’s match, the Tribhuvan Army Club received gold after beating Province 5: 41-21. The bronze was received by NPC. The women’s final match between NPC and Tribhuvan Army Club ended 36-21, the Tribhuvan Army Club earning a gold. Sujan Lohani and Sindira Joshi of the Army got the gold and silver medals in the women’s chess tournament while Kripa Adhikari of Province 1 got the bronze. Purushottam Chaulagain earned the gold in the open category chess, his teammate Manish Hamal received the silver, and Sunil Maharjan of the army won the bronze.
The Army won the gold for the men’s basketball that took place in Dang on Wednesday. The men’s final was between Army and Province 3. Ram Krishna Ghatene alone scored 23 points for the winning team, and Province 3 lost the finals 76-58. Province 4 and NPC competed for third place, where Province 3 was defeated 74-54.
The NPC took the gold in the women’s basketball match, with scores of 45-29 against Province 3. 13 of the winning points were scored by Anusha Malla. The army came third, defeating Sudhurpaschim Province with the scoreboard reading 51-39. 11 of the 51 points were scored by Grishma Silwal. Eight teams competed for the women’s title, and ten teams for the men’s.
In the golf tournaments that took place on Wednesday at Gokarna Golf Club, Kathmandu, Province 1 took all three medals for the men’s individual category, and Province 3 similarly dominated the women’s individual category. Tanka Bahadur Karki, Sukra Bahadur Rai and Niraj Tamang won the men’s gold, silver and bronze respectively. Pratibha Rai, Kashmira Shah and Tara Karki were the top three in the women’s golf.
In the men’s team event, Sukra, Niraj and Babindra Rai of Province 1 finished first, and the Army team involving Nischay Jung Rayamaji, Suhash Tamang and Rahul BK came second. Madan Gurung, Laxmi Prasad Gurung and Mahendra Tagami of Gandaki Province finished third.
Gandaki Province and Army bagged the golds for men’s and women’s open weight full contact karate tournaments respectively. Rupak Nepali took this gold competing against Binod Niraula of Province 1; whereas Manju BK took the other gold by defeating Sujata Rai of Province 1.
Among the women of the 55kg division, Anupama Nepali of the Army bagged gold by defeating Prisma Kunwar of Gandaki Province. Unika Serchan of Gandaki won the 50kg gold, with Shanti Thapa Magar of Army coming in second. The 45kg gold went to Deepa Shahi of APF with Sargam Kumal of Gandaki Province landing the silver. 54 male and 36 female players participated in the karate competitions altogether 10 weight categories.
The women’s football tournament that took place in Buddha Stadium in Jitpur, Kapilvastu on Wednesday was won by Gandaki Province and APF. In the first match between Gandaki and Karnali, Gandaki won with 4-0 on the scoreboards. Nanita Gurung scored the first goal, and in just 2 minutes after that, Asmita Ranapal had scored another. Manisha Pangeni scored the last goal of the first half, and Uday Thapa scored one goal in the second half, securing their team the win.
The other match between APF and Province 1 ended in a 6-0 victory for the APF. Nepali international forward Sabitra Bhandari alone scored four goals in this match. She scored the first goal in the fifth minute followed by Ambika Basnet, who scored a goal in the 29th minute. Bhandari scored the third goal for the team in the 37th minute and pulled off a hat-trick near the end of the first half. In the third minute of the second half, Sabitra scored her fourth goal. The final goal of the match was scored by Anita KC in the 52nd minute. There will be two matches on Thursday, one between Army and Gandaki, and the other between APF and Karnali.