DHANGADHI, March 1: Far-western Region stunned Nepal Police Club in men´s football and reached the final of the event.
In Dhangadhi Stadium, Far-western held NPC to a goalless draw in regulation time. Mani Ram Chaudhary gave the lead to Far-western in the first half of extra time but Pradeep Baniya leveled the score in the injury time of extra time.
In tie-breaker, NPC players Ramesh Katuwal and Roshan Karki missed spot kicks to hand over 4-3 victory to the host.
In the second semifinal, APF edged past PLA 2-1. Arjun Subba gave the lead to APF in the eighth minute while Chun Bahadur Pakhrin leveled the score in the 53rd minute. Kumar Thapa sealed the match for APF in the 81st minute.
Nepal Police Club clinched the gold medal in women´s kabaddi on Thursday in Dhangadhi. Nepal Police thrashed the host Far-western Region 49-16 in the final played at Dhangadhi Stadium. Likewise, Central and Eastern Region claimed bronze medals.
Nepal Police Club set up a final clash with Western Region in women´s volleyball. Nepal Police defeated Central Region 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 in straight sets in the semifinal played on Thursday. In the first semifinal of the day, Armed Police Force threw Western Region a tough challenge but the latter won the match in straight sets with the scores of 25-22, 25-7, 25-22. The final and the third place play-off will be played on Friday.
Western Region and Armed Police Force entered the final of men´s handball. Western Region edged past Central Region 28-18 in the first semifinal played on Thursday morning. Bipin Bista scored seven goals for Western Region. Nabin Shrestha scored five goals for Central Region.
In the second semifinal of the day, APF stunned the host Far-western Region 20-16. Som Gurung scored seven points for APF while Deepak Bohara added six goals. Prabin Ojha scored seven points for Far-western.
Central Region will lock horns with Universities team in the final of men´s basketball on Friday. Central Region beat Western Region 80-73 in the semifinal match played on Thursday.
Central took the lead in the first quarter with a 18-15 score and scored 23 points in the second quarter against Western´s 22 points. Central maintained its rhythm in the third quarter. Central scored 19 points in the third quarter against 13 scored by Western. In the last quarter, Western Region tried to bounce back by scoring 23 points against 20 points scored by Central but it was not enough. Robin Khatri scored 26 points for Central Region. Sushil Gurung was top-scorer for Western Region with 27 points.
Likewise, Universities team thrashed Eastern Region 75-39 in the semifinal. Universities team led all quarters as scores remained 19-11, 19-9, 28-10, 11-9 respectively in the first, second, third and fourth quarters. Sadeesh Pradhan scored 18 points for the winning side.
Nikesh Shrestha of Universities team won the gold medal of men´s 55-58 kg weight category in taekwondo competition under National Taekwondo Union. In women´s 43-46 kg weight category, Tara Parajuli of Western Region clinched gold medal. Rajan Shahi of Central Region finished top in open poomse.
Neeru Kayastha won the women´s singles gold in soft tennis at the Dhangadhi Stadium. In an all-Central Region final, Kayastha defeated Chandra Maya Rai 5-1. Eliza Ranjit of Central and Uma Bhandari of Far-western claimed bronze medals of the women´s singles event.
Diwana Sherma of Nepal Police and Surajmuni Hemran from Jhapa reached the final of women´s 46 kg weight category of boxing while Mala Rai of APF set up a final clash against Sushma Saud of Kanchanpur in women´s 48 kg.
Likewise, Maya Chaudhary of APF will meet Sunita Maharjan from Kathmandu in women´s 51 kg final while Rupa Lama will face Pramila Pandey in the final of women´s 54 kg weight category.
In men´s section, Bikram Pariyar of APF will meet Laxman Saud of Far-western in men´s 49 kg weight category while Puran Rai will lock horns with Sudesh Manandhar of Nepal Police in men´s 52 kg final.
Meanwhile, Kabindra Maharjan of APF and Arjun Basnet of Mid-western reached the final of men´s 56 kg. Suman Lama of Nepal Police and Purna Bahadur Lama of APF entered the final of men´s 60 kg weight category while Bhupendra Thapa of Nepal Police and Sushil Ghimire of APF reached the men´s 64 kg final.