HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A 34-member Nepali judo team on Monday left for Bangladesh to participate in the Judo For Peace South Asian Cadet Judo Championships to be held in Dhaka from December 5-8.
The team consists of 21 players and 13 officials including four coaches, two officials, five guardians and the President of Nepal Judo Association (NJA) Deepak Harsha Bajracharya.
The players will take part in two age categories each in boys and girls’ sections. Subodh Mandal, Ajay
Balak, Suben Khadgi, Nishan Limbu and Sanis Shahi Khadgi will fight in boys’ 10-13yrs category,
while Anita Shrestha, Shakti
Thapa, Debaki Maya Shrestha, Rekha Snar, Suji Shrestha and Anjali Shrestha are slated to compete in the boys’ section.
Likewise, Indra Bahadur Shrestha, Yubraj Kumar Sunar, Himparwa Khatri, Susan KC and Allanur Ansari will fight in boys’ 13-16yrs category, whereas Bishnu Maya Waiba, Puja Karki, Ranjana Khadka, Manita Shrestha Pradhan and Dipa Gurung will compete in girls’ section of the age category. All the players were picked from the selection tournament organised by the NJA last month.
Jagat Bahadur Khadka, Mohan Bam, Ranju Rai and Gayatri Basnet are the four coaches in the squad. Likewise, Indra Dangol (team manager cum referee), Bijay Kumar Gurung (team manager), Rishi Ram Pradhan (referee) and Damoday Aryal (official) also accompanied the team along with five guardians. Member Secretary of National Sports Council Yubaraj Lama along with NJA officials bade farewell to the team.
Out of the estimated cost of Rs 750,000, the sports governing body has provided Rs 300,000, informed NJA General Secretary Ramesh Maharjan. The NJA President and team managers will also take part in the South Asian Judo Seminar on the sidelines of the championships.