Tuesday, February 20

Gangaram knocks out opponents as Police secure fifth gold

By a Staff Reporter

Gangaram Kusuwa, a silver medalist in the 13th South Asian Games, has clinched gold in the ongoing Krishna Prasad Bhattarai Memorial National Karate Championship in the men’s 75 kg category.

Kusuwa defeated Roshan Balami of Bagmati Province in the final of men’s 75 kg section on Friday – the second day of the championship – at Karate Hall of Satdobato Sports Complex. Kusuwa outclassed his opponent 12-4 to win gold. Kusuwa had defeated Nabin Rai of Province 1 with a score of 13-5 in the first match followed by a 14-6 victory over Bishal Thapa Magar of Gandaki Province and a 9-1 semifinal win over Mohammad Sheikh Alam of APF. Kusuwa knocked out his opponents in all four matches.

With Kusuwa’s victory, Nepal Police Club earned their fifth gold medal in the championship which also serves as a preliminary selection for the upcoming Asian Games.

Earlier, Biplav Lal Shrestha had secured gold in the men’s above 78 kg category. Police had won three gold medals on the first day of the championship.

Out of 21 golds up for grabs, 9 matches have been decided with Police leading the tally with 5 golds followed by Army with 2 and APF and Province 1 securing 1 gold each.

Altogether 210 players from all seven provinces and three departmental teams (police, army and APF) are competing for 21 golds, 21 silvers and 42 bronzes in the three-day event. The championship will conclude on Saturday.

Samjhana Lab is the main sponsor of the event.

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