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Reviewing South Asian Games 2016

The 12th South Asian Games held in Shillong and Guwahati of India will be remembered among the Nepalese for the gold medal win in Men’s Football Event. Not only did this victory come at the expense of the host nation India, but it came after 23 long years.

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Out of the 22 events, we won medals in 18 of them. Wushu, Taekwondo and Judo gave us the most medals, but we ended the games with just 3 gold medals (Wushu, Judo, Mens Football).

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We won a whopping 10 silver medals in Wushu and 7 in Taekwondo, meaning there were 17 losses in the finals of those events. Taekwondo, which has been a major winner for Nepal, unfortunately failed to win any gold medals.

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Women won the most medals in the Games bringing in 2 of the 3 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 20 bronze medals.

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– PageNepal.com Analyst, Feb 19, 2016

Silver for Nepal women’s football team

Feb 17, 2016- The women’s football team which won silver medal in 12th South Asian Games in India arrived Kathmandu on Wednesday.

The team were welcomed by officials of All Nepal Football Association at Anfa Complex in Satdobato.

Nepali women team won silver after they were defeated by India in the finals.

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Nima Gharti Magar earns first gold medal for Nepal (Wushu)

Nima Gharti Magar earns first gold medal for Nepal

GUWAHATI, Feb 8: Reminiscing memories of the last edition of South Asian Games (SAG), wushu earned the first gold for Nepal this time as well on Monday, the fourth day of the 12th SAG being held in India. Nima Gharti Magar bagged the top honor in taolu event at the indoor hall of Assam Rifles in Shillong.

The 16-year-old earned 8.43 points in the first round and finished the second round with 8.46 points for a total of 16.91 points to secure the first position in women’s nanquan and nando events under taulo. During the 2010 edition of the SAG held in Dhaka, wushu player Binita Maharjan had given respite to Nepal ending gold drought on the tenth day.

After achieving the feat in her international debut, Nima said, “I was frightened at the beginning. I could not hear anything. Even the sword slipped off my hand because I might have hurried too much,” said the teenager girl. “However, I did not lose my composure and regained my self-confidence. I kept up my determination until the last moments,” added the 10th grader of Don Bosco School, Lalitpur.

Nima, who hails from Rukum, has been living in the capital since her childhood with her parents. She trains wushu in Ninja Wushu Guan of Lalitpur.

Nima said that she was able to perform better despite weak preparation. She also credited her achievement to her trainers and teachers of her Don Bosco School. “Thank you gurus (of guan) and sirs (of school).”

Nima, who has been practicing wushu since the last four years, added, “At this moment, I am very happy for the achievement. I shall try to do better in future and witness even bigger achievements.”

Swechcha Jatav (16.33 points) of India won silver and Mubashra Akhtar (12.7) of Pakistan settled for bronze in the event.

Nima’s gold was the fifth gold medal secured by Nepal from wushu in the history of SAG. Bina Khadka and Rajkumar Rasaili had earned gold medals in wushu in 2006 in Colombo and Binita Maharjan and Angbabu Lama in 2010 in Dhaka.

Nima Gharti Magar earns first gold medal for Nepal

Phupu Lhamu Khatri wins gold for Nepal (Judo)

Phupu Lhamu Khatri wins 2nd gold for Nepal in SAG

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Nepal has secured the second gold medal in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games in India on Monday.

Phupu Lhamu Khatri won the second gold for Nepal in Judo. In a round robin competition, she defeated players from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Indian.

After defeating Indian judoka Suniwala Devi to strike a historic gold, an emotional Phupu Lhamu Khatri bowed down low on the tatami (judo mat) for a while in remembrance of her beloved father. At the moment, she was dedicating her victory to her late father Dorje Lama Khatri, who died in an avalanche in Everest region two years ago. Later she rushed to her coaches and officials to celebrate the victory at the indoor hall of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, India.

Phupu defeated her Indian opponent in the title clash of women’s U-63 kg to become the first Nepali female judoka to win gold medal in the South Asian Games (SAG). It was after 21 years that any Nepali judoka secured gold in the regional sporting extravaganza. The last time Nepali judokas won gold medals in the SAG was during the 7th edition held in Madras (Chennai) in 1995 when three male players had clinched gold.

Phupu’s gold during the 12th edition of SAG, which will conclude on Tuesday, was Nepal’s second individual gold.

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Phupu Lhamu Khatri wins 2nd gold for Nepal in SAG

Nepal win Football Gold (Mens)

Nepal beats India 2-1 to win SAG football gold

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: After more than two decades, the men’s football team of Nepal clinched gold medal during the 12th South Asian Games in a fiery encounter against host India in Guwahati on Monday.

The U-23 team of Nepal staged a heroic comeback in second half as it came from a goal deficit to beat India 2-1. Winger Prakash Budathoki and Nawayug Shrestha netted one goal each for the visitors to silence the noisy home supporters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

It is the second football title for Nepal within a month. Earlier, the national football team had won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Monday’s victory came after 23 years. The last time Nepal had earned gold was in 1993 SAG in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During the occasion, Nepal had defeated India 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the regulation time. Since then, Nepal had made it to the final of SAG only in 1999 SAG in Kathmandu. However, Nepal lost the match 1-0 against Bangladesh. Nepal’s first SAG gold dates back to 1984 in which Nepal defeated Bangladesh 4-2 in the final.

Nepal’s coach Raju Kaji Shakya credited the win to proper planning. He said the players were told to mark Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Kumam Udanta Singh. “They are good players and we knew that once they are kept under close watch we could finish the match in our favor. And the players executed the plan perfectly,” he said.

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South Asian Games 2016

The South Asian Games, a multi-sport event, is the regional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia. Since it was first hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in the year 1984, except for few occasions the event is taking place every alternate year. This mega multi-national sports event is held among the athletes of the South Asian countries in various locations across the region. The event is presently joined by the eight South Asian countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The event is unique in itself as it promotes sports with a view to boost up the team spirit as well as an amiable relationship between the South Asian countries.

Nima wins Wushu gold for Nepal
Phupu wins Judo gold for Nepal
Nepal beats India 2-1 to win SAG football gold

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Khatri breaks gold drought in judo

Feb 16, 2016- Phupu Lhamu Khatri became the first women judoka to strike gold medal in wushu at the South Asian Games and first since 1995 when she won the women’s below-63kg division final bout against Sunibala Devi Huidrom of India here on Monday.

It was also only third gold medal that Nepal has won so far at the Games after Nima Gharti Magar in wushu on February 8 and men’s football won 2-1 against India in final later in the day in Guwahati.
At the end of the 11th day of the Games, Nepal have so far won three gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze medals. Her coach Debu Thapa, who won bronze medal in each of the last two SA Games, said Khatri can scale new heights, given her success so early in her career. “She has the potential to shine at even bigger arena,” said Thapa.

The 21-year-old Khatri, who hails from Taplejung, won all four matches to secure the title at the Nehru Sports Complex. Khatri stormed to gold medal clash after knocking out D Wijewardene of Sri Lanka, Kanta D Chowdury of Bangladesh and Ambreen Masih of Pakistan. She was on fire even against one for the title favourites Huidrom, winning the bout 10-1 under waza-ari system. When two waza-ari are awarded in the same match, it is considered to be same as ippon or full point and the match ends. The Tribhuvan Army Club athlete Lama has been undergoing training under the IOC scholarship for Rio Games for the last one month in Budapest, Hungary.

Judo was included at the Games for the first time during the sixth edition Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1993 where Nepal won four silver and won bronze medals. Nepal went one better in the next edition held in Madras, India in 1995 wining three gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Ramesh Basnet, Bir Bahadur Rana and Jit Bahadur Chaudhary had struck gold for Nepal.

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Nepal beats India 2-1 to win SAG football gold

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: After more than two decades, the men’s football team of Nepal clinched gold medal during the 12th South Asian Games in a fiery encounter against host India in Guwahati on Monday.

The U-23 team of Nepal staged a heroic comeback in second half as it came from a goal deficit to beat India 2-1. Winger Prakash Budathoki and Nawayug Shrestha netted one goal each for the visitors to silence the noisy home supporters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

It is the second football title for Nepal within a month. Earlier, the national football team had won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Monday’s victory came after 23 years. The last time Nepal had earned gold was in 1993 SAG in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During the occasion, Nepal had defeated India 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the regulation time. Since then, Nepal had made it to the final of SAG only in 1999 SAG in Kathmandu. However, Nepal lost the match 1-0 against Bangladesh. Nepal’s first SAG gold dates back to 1984 in which Nepal defeated Bangladesh 4-2 in the final.

Nepal’s coach Raju Kaji Shakya credited the win to proper planning. He said the players were told to mark Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Kumam Udanta Singh. “They are good players and we knew that once they are kept under close watch we could finish the match in our favor. And the players executed the plan perfectly,” he said.

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Memories of 2006 inspire Nepal to another triumph over NZ

Dipendra Singh Airee’s throw from the deep-extra cover boundary struck the stumps on the full, running Dale Phillips out and ending New Zealand’s chase against Nepal. In the previous over, Airee had swung the match for Nepal, dismissing Nigel Smith and Talor Scott. Near the boundary line, where the reserves were standing, Nepal manager Sudeep Sharma was ecstatic.

Sudeep was elated that Airee, Nepal’s finisher with the bat and ball, had closed the match out with his fielding. “Airee is a naturally talented, fit and athletic player. He is an attacking batsman who gives us cameos at No 5 or 6 and bowls good yorkers in the death overs,” he said. “Today he threw down the stumps with a direct hit from the sweeper cover boundary, to finish the game.”

The 32-run win over a Test nation’s Under-19 side was just reward for the hard work that the team had put in over the last six months, according to their manager. Part of their motivation also came from the one-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup plate final.

“We were definitely aware of our last win over New Zealand,” Sudeep said. “The boys were really motivated by that win in 2006. We want to keep our record intact and give respect to the boys who beat New Zealand that time. This win is just fantastic. We are really excited. We have been working very hard for the last 5-6 months. The boys did a tremendous job under coach ‎Jagat Bahadur Tamata.”

“We knew that anything above 230 was defendable. We have a good spin attack, and we kept confidence in them. Tamang has been playing in this level for the last two years. He is an offspinner who likes to flight the ball. He also has a good quicker ball.”

Nepal’s next game is on January 30 against Ireland, who were trounced by India, and they are fully focused on qualifying for the second round.

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Nepal defeat Bahrain 3-0 to lift Bangabandhu Gold Cup title

Jan 22, 2016-Nepal created history on Friday by defeating Bahrain U-23 3-0 in the final of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament. Nepal produced a fine effort to see off Bahrain in a toughly contested final in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This is the first time in 23 years Nepal won a major international title. Nepal’s last international title in foreign soil came back in 1993 when they defeated India 4-3 in penalties after a 2-2 stalemate during the South Asian Games final in Dhaka.

Bimal Gharti Magar opened the scoring in the fifth minute after Bahrain’s keeper produced a good effort to save Anjan Bista’s header. Anjan Bista created the second goal for Bishal Rai after he rounded off Bahrain’s defender inside the box.

Goalkepeer Bikesh Kuthu produced strings of saves to keep Bahrain at bay.
Nawayug Shrestha put icing on the cake after scoring an injury time goal to triple the lead. Nawayug Shrestha ended the tournament as the highest goal scorer with four goals to his name.

Shrestha has been declared the man of tournament, while Bimal Gharti Magar was declared the man of the final match.

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Nepal set date with Bahrain in Bangabandhu final as Nawayug Shrestha nets hat-trick

Jan 19, 2016- With the help of Nawayug Shrestha’s hat-trick, Nepal defeated Maldives 4-1 in the semifinals of Bangabandhu Gold Cup at the Bangabandhu International Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday evening.

Shrestha scored his first goal on the 31st minute, and added two more in the second half. He found the back of the net in the first minute of added four-minute stoppage time to complete his brilliant hat-trick.

Nepal will meet Bahrain, which beat the hosts Bangladesh 1-0, in the final scheduled for Friday.

It is the first time Nepal would playing in the final after the 1999 South Asian Games. Nepal was defeated by Bangladesh in the regional tournament played in Kathmandu. Earlier in 1993, Nepal had won the tournament.

After today’s accomplishment, Nawayug Shrestha has joined the elite club of hat-trickers, which includes Ganesh Thapa, Naresh Joshi, Nirajan Raymajhi and Bharat Khawas.

International hat-tricks for Nepal

1987- Ganesh Thapa (vs Bhutan)
1999- Naresh Joshi ( vs Sri Lanka)
2001- Nirajan Rayamajhi (vs Macau in Almaty)
2013- Bharat Khawas ( vs Northern Mariana Islands in Kathmandu)
2016 – Nawayug Shrestha (vs Maldives)

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Bangabandhu Goldcup: Nepal secure a semi final berth

Jan 15, 2016- Nepal secured a place in the semi-final stage of the ongoing Bangabandhu Goldcup in Bangladesh on Friday.
Nepal booked the semi-final berth after Sri Lanka defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the penultimate Group ‘A’ game. Bangladesh had already made it to the last four.

Nepal will face Bangladesh at 6:15 NST today in a match that will decide the winner and runner-up of the group.

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One step closer to 2011 SAFF Championship semi-finals

A dying moment goal from skipper Sagar Thapa steered Nepal to 1-0 win over Bangladesh on Sunday to strengthen Nepal’s hope of making it to the semifinal of the SAFF Championship being held in New Delhi, India.

Defender Thapa made a superb freekick from long range (near from center line) to score his career’s first international goal to stun Bangladesh a few seconds ahead of the final whistle at the JLN Stadium. Nepal was awarded with the freekick after Mamun Miyah fouled defender Rabin Shrestha.
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Nepal qualifies for ICC U19 World Cup 2012

On a day when rains affected all but one game, plenty of action was witnessed as the jostling for the final six spots to qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be held next year in Australia heated up.
With this win, Nepal has qualified for the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2012. Nepal had failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after losing to Afghanistan in the semifinals of the ACC Elite Cup 2009.
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Sweet victory for Nepal at ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

Nepal has taken a sweet revenge against Namibia with 8 runs victory in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers on Friday. Nepal had lost a practice match against Namibia by 17 runs ahead of the tournament.
In the match played at Drummond Cricket Club, Northern Ireland, Nepal won the toss and scored 217 runs losing all wickets in 49.4 overs. Nepal restricted Namibia in 209 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs. This is the second best score of Nepal in the ongoing tournament. Nepal had earlier scored 250 runs against Vanuatu.
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Nepal defeat Vanuatu in ICC U19 World Cup Qualifiers

Nepal defeated Vanuatu by 159 runs in the ICC Under 19 World Cup Qualifiers here at YMCA Cricket Club, Dublin today (08/01/2011).

Nepal managed to make a good total of 250 runs loosing all the wickets in the third ball of the last over.

Chasing the target, Vanuatu made a good start. But the wickets couldn’t continue on hold and C Blake went for a duck in his 19th ball in the 8th over. Five batsman went without managing to make even a single.

Man of the match Krishna Karki took 3 wickets with a good figure of 10-1-23-3, while Rahul Vishawakarma took 4 wickets to make his tally reach 10. Bhuwan Karki grabbed 2 wickets while Prithu Baskota managed to take one for Nepal to resist Vanuatu to the lowest total of 91 runs in the 32nd over.

Nepal will play against Canada on Wednesday (08/03/2011).

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Nepal defeat Kenya in ICC U19 World Cup Qualifiers

Nepal defeated Kenya by six wickets to register their second win in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers at the Railway Union Cricket Club grounds in Sandymount, Dublin today.

Man of the match – Karn was thrilled to have played a part in the win: “Unlike in the subcontinent, the pitches here offer some assistance. It swung a bit and seamed off the surface for me. We wanted to get them for as low a target as possible. It was a tricky chase but the captain got us through”.

Nepal will play against Vanuata on Monday, with an eye to make a third win. So far, Nepal has won two games against Afghanistan and Kenya while losing two against Namibia and Scotland.

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Rohit Chand – is EPL next for him?

Arsenal and Tottenham have their eyes on the young Nepalese defender Rohit Chand. These Premier League teams sent their scouts to Jordan to watch the defender in action when Nepal faced Jordan in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Listen to Nepalese national team coach Graham Roberts talk about the team and Rohit Chand:

According to Roberts “Rohit is by far the best center-half I have ever coached. He is an extreme talent who will play at the highest level.”

Chand, a former player of Machhindra FC in Nepal, has been winning coach Roberts’ praises since the latter took charge of the Nepali national team. “I have a world class defense line-up with a talent like Rohit Chand,” Roberts often says about the best defender of the Martyrs Memorial League last year.

Chand plays for Indian First Division side Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) SC at present. He is a product of ANFA Academy and has played for Nepal in U-17 and U-19 age group tournaments. Chand has won 12 caps for the national team since his debut on March 23, 2009 against Palestine in the AFC Challenge Cup.

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Nepal climbs up in FIFA rankings

Nepal has climbed 12 spots in the latest FIFA rankings released on Wednesday. With the new release, Nepal, ranked 136 in the world, leads the South Asian region followed by Bangladesh at 147. India is now ranked third in South Asia after it slipped six places to 153 in the world rankings. The rankings are released every month by football’s world governing body FIFA.

Nepal and Bangladesh are the only two countries to improve in the FIFA rankings among eight in the South Asian region. All other countries have fallen back except Bhutan, which remains unchanged at the bottom, ranked 201.

Nepal’s new ranking is the second best in its history. The highest ranking Nepal had ever achieved was from December 1993 to February 1994 when the national team was placed at 124. The lowest ranking was in February 2008 when Nepal slumped to 188.

Nepal ranks 20 among the 46-member nations of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). In the last release, Nepal was ranked 28 in Asia. Japan slipped two points to 16 in the world ranking but remains unmoved at the top of the AFC rankings.

Nepal’s new ranking is based on three international matches played recently within a month. Although Nepal lost against Jordan with a huge margin, it was able to defeat East Timor 2-1 and 5-0 in two legs of the first round of 2014 World Cup Asian zone qualifying matches.

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Nepal qualifies for the AFC Challenge Cup finals

Nepal held Sri Lanka goal-less to qualify for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup finals behind DPR Korea on Monday. DPR Korea downed Afghanistan 2-0 to top the group with nine points while Nepal, who had three points going into the final game, finished with four.

Nepal dominated the proceedings but their attacks were thwarted by a spirited Sri Lankan defence. Nepal coach Graham Roberts, however, said that his side didn’t play for a draw. “We didn’t play the match for a draw. We wanted to win the match by a clear margin. We were playing an attacking game and had to change to defensive formation in the last 20 minutes,” he told reporters. “It was a hectic schedule and the boys are tired but I am happy the way my players played in these matches.”

DPR Korea and Nepal joined Palestine, Philippines, India, Turkmenistan, Maldives and Tajikistan in the eight-team finals.

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