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Gaurika ‘the youngest player of Rio Olympics 2016’


Kathmandu, July 31, 2016: Over 10, 000 players from 207 nations are participating in Rio Olympics 2016 starting on August 5 in Rio, Brazil. Among them, participation by a thirteen-year-old Gaurika Singh from Nepal makes a special identity.

“It is very likely that Singh is the youngest player in the competition,” Coordinator of the Olympic preparation committee, Nilendra Shrestha told Setopati, quoting Daily Telegraph’s sports chief Ian Chadband,  who is collecting information on Olympics.

Singh will take part in the 100 meters backstroke.

“Ian informed about Singh via email,” Shrestha, who reached Rio with swimmers and Judo team, said through telephone conversation.

It would a matter of pride for Nepal if Singh is the youngest saying comes true, he added.

Singh bagged 4 medals for the country in the 12th South Asian Games, held jointly in Guwahati and Shillong of India last February.

Singh is the daughter of Garima Rana, who came to fame after achieving board first in the School Leaving Examination (SLC) in 1993. Singh lives in Mill Hill, London with her family.

She will travel to Rio from London itself.