SPORTS BRIEFS: ANFA seeks postponement of U-22 qualifiers
KATHMANDU, May 28: All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to postpone the AFC U-22 Asia Cup Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Kathmandu from June 2 to 10. ANFA has cited political instability and latest unrest in Nepal as the reason behind recommending postponing the tournament. According to ANFA President Ganesh Thapa, ANFA has already corresponded with AFC to postpone tournament.
“We have sent a letter informing AFC about the political situation over here and our inability to host the tournament from Saturday,” said Thapa.
Thapa said even if the political situation became normal, ANFA lacks the time for preparation. “However, the qualifying round of the tournament will be held in Nepal. It may be postponed for at least for one week to a month,” said Thapa. Nepal was to host Jordan, Yemen, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan in the AFC U-22 Asia Cup Group D Qualifiers.
NSKA referee seminar Tuesday
KATHMANDU: The technical and referee seminar under Sixth NSKA International Karate Championship 2012 will kick off in Kathmandu from Tuesday. Shyam Sherpa, the member secretary of the main organizing committee and general secretary of Nepal Shotokam Karate Association (NSKA) said the seminar will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday and the three-day championship will start from Thursday.
The championship will be participated in by more than 1,000 players from nine countries including host Nepal and Japan. 100 players from Nepal, two from Japan, 18 from UAE, 20 each from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, three each from Bangladesh and Ghana, nine from Afghanistan and more than 800 from India will participate in the tournament.