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13th South Asian Games: Sports Events and Highlights

Finally, the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) has begun amid huge fan base and sports lovers watching minute to minute.

The 13th SAG was inaugurated on December 01 and will continue until December 10, 2019. The event will see around 27 sports events to be played by around 662 athletes from different South Asian nations.

The first day of the 13th SAG is witnessing 12 sports events today, including Taekwondo, Karate, Men’s football, badminton, volleyball, Kho Kho, Women’s cricket, table tennis, tennis, gulf, triathlon and Wushu. While Badminton, women cricket and triathlon are held in Pokhara, the other events are held at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.


Here are some highlights of the 13th SAG sports events:

The Closing Day

13th SAG Sports Event Closing Day

Finally, the 10-day-long 13th South Asian Games has arrived on its closing day i.e. on December 10, 2019.

The last day of this South Asian sports event is set to see 5 games in Dasharath stadium in Kathmandu, ahead of the closing ceremony at 5 pm.

Football, basketball, boxing, squash and judo are the games to be played.

Nepal and Bhutan are set to test their luck at the finals of the men’s football, beginning from 3 pm.

Sri Lanka and India will face each other on basketball finals to be held in Tripureshwor from 1 pm. While the women’s basketball will see India and Nepal on the ground for finals.

Meanwhile, boxing event from 1 pm will see contestants fighting for 8 gold medals.

The final Judo event has been scheduled to begin at 12.35 pm at the Army Physical Training and Sports Center, Lagankhel.

Meanwhile, Squash will see the finals battle between Pakistan and India in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Finally, PM Oli is set to address the closing ceremony of the glorious event via video conference, where he is expected to announce special motivational packages to athletes.

At the end, Pakistan will be handed over the flag for 14th SAG!

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Day – 9 (December 09, 2019) Events Today!

1) ‘Silver’ in Handball

‘Silver’ in SAG Handball Nepal

Nepal had to satisfy with the ‘silver’ in the women’s Handball competition part of the 13th SAG. In the final match in Pokhara Stadium on December 09, 2019, the Himalayan nation lost to India by 21-36 points. While, Bangladesh finished third to win the bronze medal after defeating Pakistan 31-15.

India continued the same position as in the 12th SAG, but Nepal improved from the fourth position to now the second position this time.

2) Gold in Boxing

Nepal’s Minu Gurung got Nepal a ‘gold’ in the women’s boxing match held part of the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) on December 09, 2019. She won over Indian opponent in the 45-kg weight category event. Now, Nepal’s gold medal count reached 46.

Nepal’s Minu Gurung

3) Shahi Wins 50th Gold for Nepal

Sanil Shahi Wins 50th Gold for Nepal

Sanil Shahi bagged a gold medal in the boxing event held part of the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) on December 10, 2019.

Nepal’s medal count reached 50 with this win at the Army Sports and Physical Training Complex, Lagankhel,

Shahi registered the win against the Indian boxer Bhirendra Singh in the 60-kg weight category.

13th South Asian Games – Medal Tally

Country Name Gold Silver Bronze Total
India 174 93 45 312
Nepal 51 60 95 206
Sri Lanka 40 83 128 251
Pakistan 31 41 59 131
Bangladesh 19 32 87 138
Maldives 1 0 4 5
Bhutan 0 7 13 20

Day -7 (December 07, 2019) and 8 (December 08, 2019) Sports Events

 1) ‘Gold’ in Wrestling

Sangita Dhami 'Gold’ in SAG Wrestling Nepal

Nepal bagged gold in Wrestling on December 07, 2019. Sangita Dhami got this for the nation in the wrestling event against Bangladesh 4-1 in the 55-kg event held part of 13th SAG.

This is the maiden medal for Nepal in wrestling.

 2) SAG Men’s Football: Nepal To Finals

Mens SAG Football Nepal

Nepal made it to the finals in football in the ongoing 13th SAG being held in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In a match on December 08, 2019, Nepali Men’s football team registered a win over Bangladesh by 1-0 and secured its spot in finals. On the other side, Bhutan fought out Maldives to made it to the finals. Now, Nepal and Bhutan will play the finals on December 10, 2019 and the winner will bag the ‘gold’ medal. In the past, Nepal won gold in football in 1993 and 2016, respectively.

3)  ‘Hat-trick Golds’ in Swimming

Gaurika Singh 'Gold' in SAG Swimming Nepal

Gaurika Singh has set a new record in swimming part of the 13th SAG currently being held in Nepal. She registered three hat-tricks and won three golds. After winning two golds in the previous matches, Singh added another to her list on December 08, 2019. Under the 400-m freestyle, she completed the target in 4:25:28 seconds. She surpassed her own national record in the 100-m and 200-m butterfly events to win gold medals. She completed the 100-min race in just 1.09.97 seconds beating her earlier record of 0.08.63 seconds.

Meanwhile, Duana Lama of Army and Shreebi Maharjan of Armed Police Force (APF) bagged silver and bronze, respectively. In the 200-meter freestyle, Singh completed in 2.09.19 seconds and bagged a gold, leaving second and third positions to Duana and Tisa Shakya of APF, respectively.

Day-6 (December 06, 2019): 19 Sports Events Today!

The 13th SAG grand event in Nepal has successfully entered into its sixth day on December 06, 2019. The Day-6 of the 13th SAG will see 19 different events.

9 events are scheduled to be held in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Janakpur, with 5 of them being new ones and the rest in continuation to previous events.

The list of events include archery, athletics, shooting, basketball, badminton, cricket, beach volleyball, squash, fencing, football, gulf, handball, kabaddi, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and Wushu.

Badminton, women’s cricket, wrestling, beach volleyball, archery and handball are scheduled to take place in Pokhara, wrestling in Janakpur, and the rest in Kathmandu.

1) First ‘Gold’ In Athletes

Nepal’s Gopi Chandra Parki got the first gold for Nepal in the athlete’s category. Parki bagged the medal in men’s 5000-meter running held at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on December 06, 2019.

Nepal’s Gopi Chandra Parki

Parki finished the race in 14 minutes 54.20 seconds. Meanwhile, Hari Kumar Rimal claimed bronze by finishing the distance in 14 minutes 57.05 seconds.

2) First Time in Table Tennis

For the first time in the history of SAG, Nepal won some medals in the table tennis category part of the 13th SAG. The match held at TT hall in Lainchaur saw Nepal bagging a silver under Men’s singles and a bronze in the women’s singles.

Shrestha lost the game to Indian player Amal Raj Anthony in 4-0 set (11-4, 12-10, 11-8, 11-2), while Bajracharya lost to Indian player Harmit Deshai in set 4-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-1 and 11-4).

3) Nepal Out of SAG Women Cricket

Nepal had to face a disappointing exit from the SAG Women cricket defeat. Yes, the team lost to the Sri Lanka U-23 in a match held part of 13th SAG on December 06, 2019. The match played in Pokhara saw Sri Lanka winning over Nepal by 41 runs and thus, secured its spot in the finals. Nepali batsmen failed to finish the 119-run target and were all-out at 77 runs. Skipper Rubina Chhetri emerged as the top scorer from the team.

Now, Nepal will next play with Maldives on December 07, 2019 for the bronze medal, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play for gold on December 08, 2019.

13th South Asian Games - Nepal Medal Winners

Taekwondo Nepal Medal Winners

Taekwondo Nepal Medal Winners

Day-5 (December 05, 2019): 17 Events Today

The fifth day of the 13th SAG on December 05, 2019 is going to see 17 sports events taking place in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Of these, five are going to be the new games and the rest will be the continuation on previous events.

As on December 04, 2019, India lead the medals table with 34 gold medals, with Nepal in the second position with 29 gold medals.

Events to be played today include archery, athletics, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gulf, handball, kabaddi, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and Wushu.

Of them, badminton, women’s cricket, women’s football, wrestling volleyball, archery and handball will be held in Pokhara and the others in Kathmandu.

1) First ‘Gold’ in Swimming

Nepal registered another gold in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SAG), 2019. Nepal’s Gaurika Singh bagged the medal in 200 meters swimming in the competition at the Satdobato swimming pool, Lalitpur on December 05, 2019. She finished the target in 2 minutes 5 seconds and 6 microseconds.

Nepal’s Gaurika Singh

While, swimmers from India and Bangladesh finished only in silver and bronze levels, respectively. Gaurika is the Olympian swimmer brought the first gold to the country under the individual category. Earlier, the country had won gold in swimming under the team category.

Nepal’s Gaurika Singh

As the day ended, India continued at top of the medals table with 117 medals, followed by Nepal that received 96 medals including 36 golds.

While, Sri Lanka remained third and fourth positions with 100 and 55 medals, respectively.

2) First Gold in Weightlifting

Nepal’s Sanju Chaudhary bagged a gold in the weightlifting 59-kg category as part of the ongoing 13th SAG match in Pokhara.

Nepal’s Sanju Chaudhary Weightlifting

Sanju Chaudhary

 3) Another gold in Taekwondo

Another gold for Nepal in Taekwondo in the 13th SAG. This time from Bupen Shrestha in the under 87-kg category match held at Lalitpur on December 05, 2019. Shrestha won over Indian player Akshaya Hoda by 29-27 points. With this, Nepal’s gold medal count in Taekwondo reached 12.

Day-4 (December 04, 2019): 16 Games to Be Played

Day-4 of the 13th SAG on December 04, 2019 will see around 16 different sports events in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

So far, Nepal has won 23 golds, followed by India (19).

Now, all participating teams are all set to test their luck in different games today, including athletics, badminton, cricket, cycling, football, gulf, karate, kho kho, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis, kabaddi, handball, Wushu, triathlon and shooting.

While badminton, women cricket, triathlon and handball are scheduled to be held in Pokhara, the rest are expected to take place in Kathmandu.

1) Women’s Cricket: Nepal Vs BNG

Nepali cricket team had to face another loss in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games. In the match held on December 04,2019, Nepal lost to Bangladesh by 10 wickets. The match played in Pokhara began with Bangladesh offer the bat to Nepal after winning the toss. But Nepalis did not stand long and ended with just 50 run score for all-out in 19.2 overs. Bangladesh team finished the 51-run target in just 7.4 overs without the loss of even a single wicket.

2) Karate’s Kumete – Above 65 Kg

Another ‘gold’ for Nepal in Karate event part of the 13th SAG. This time, it’s from the Karate’s Kumete- Above 65 kg category. And, Anupama Magar won this for her nation! She did so by defeating Pakistani Nargis by 6-2 points. Now, Nepal’s medal count in Karate reached 10.

Meanwhile, Sonam Lama bagged ‘bronze’ in Karate’s Kumeto – Below 50 Kg category.

3) ‘Gold’ in Wushu

Dipal Hamal of Nepal got his nation a ‘gold’ in Wushu part of the 13th SAG. He won this in the Nannun al-round category by scoring 19.32 points. Meanwhile, Hari Prasad Gol bagged ‘silver’ in the event.

4) 4 Medals in Cycling

Nepal registered another medal in 13th SAG. This time in ‘Cycling’. Nisma Shrestha and Rajesh Magar bagged a gold medal each in Cycling event held at Sahid Park, Gokarna on December 04, 2019. The duo won these medals in Men’s and Women’s categories, respectively, in the cycling down-hill championship of the event.

Nisma Shrestha and Rajesh Magar bagged a gold medal Cycling

This is the first time such an event is conducted part of SAG and the distance of cycling is 1 km.

Meanwhile, Nirav Shrestha and Jamuna Thapa received ‘silver’. Apart from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are other participants.

5) To Semi-finals in Badminton

Continuing its success streak, Nepal moved to semi-finals in Men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles the badminton series being held part of the 13th SAG in Pokhara. That was Ranjit Tamang in Men’s Singles, a team of Prince Dahal and Praphulla Maharjan in Men’s Doubles and the Bikash Shrestha-Anu Maya Rai duo in mix doubles. While Tamang made it defeating Bangladesh, the two duos made it against Bhutan in separate matches.

6) Another Gold in Taekwondo

Sangita Basyal bagged a ‘gold’ medal in Taekwondo under the 62-kg category in the SAG event held at Satdobato. She won against Indian opponent Gagan Jyotgill by 19-8 points.

Sangita Basyal

Day3 (December 03, 2019): 15 Games Today

The Day-3 of SAG on December 03, 2019 will see a total of 15 games to be played in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The list includes Athletics, badminton, cricket, cycling, football, golf, karate, khoko, shooting, table tennis, tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball and wushu.

While badminton, women’s cricket, women’s football and triathlon are scheduled to be held in Pokhara, the remaining will be held in Kathmandu.

Two games each under Men’s and Women’s football will see Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives facing each other, at Pokhara Stadium.

Volleyball finals in both men’s and women’s categories are also scheduled for the day at the Tripureshwor-based covered hall. Nepal will take on Sri Lanka U-23 in cricket match today at the TU Ground in Kirtipur.

1) Two Medals in Wushu

Bijay Sinjali got the 16th gold for Nepal in Wushu sport. Sinjali won the medal at the Wushu Taolu men’s match held part of the 13th SAG at the Lanagakhel-based Nepal Army hall in in Kathmandu on December 03, 2019. Susmita Tamang bagged the gold in Wushu Taolu women’s match.


2) One More Gold in Karate

After a resounding victory in yesterday’s Karate matches, Nepal bagged another gold in a new karate match today. The match played at the Saatdobato-based karate hall saw Nepal’s Nabin Rasaili winning the country’s 18th gold medal. Nabin defeated Bangladeshi player for 8-6 in the 67 kg category.

Nepal’s Nabin Rasaili Gold Medal in Karate

3) Football – Nepal Beats Sri Lanka

Nepal had a winning start in the women’s football part of the ongoing 13th SAG. In a match held in Pokhara Stadium on December 03, 2019, Nepal defeated Sri Lanka by 1-0 after Saru Limbu scoring a single goal at the 86th minute.

4) Gold in ‘Running’

Continuing the winning streak, Nepal bagged a gold in the Women’s 10000 m running race. Santoshi Shrestha did this rare feat by successfully completing the distance in 35.07.94 minutes. With Shrestha winning gold, India’s Kavita Yadav, who took 35.7.94 minutes, had to settle down at ‘Silver’.

Santoshi Shrestha - Gold Medal 10000 M Race

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Nilanthi Lanka got Bronze medal for 35.59.02 minutes.

This is Nepal’s first gold medal in middle distance running in 13th SAG.

5) Men’s Football

Nepal fought out Bhutan by 4-0 in the 13th SAG Men’s football match at the Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu on December 03, 2019. While Sujal Shrestha made the first two goals at the 5th and 50th minutes, Abhishek Rijal made one at the 65th minute and Mikchen Tamang scored the 4th one at the 76th minute.

With this, Nepal has won 3 points in the table.

6) Athletics

Athletics once again turned out to be positive for Nepal, as the country bagged a ‘bronze’ medal in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games. Tanka Karki brought the medal for the country in the men’s 1,500 meters race, finishing that in 3 minutes 59.20 seconds. However, Karki remained only next to India’s Ajaya Kumar Saro and Ajit Kumar, who claimed gold and silver medals.

Tanka Karki, Ajay Kumar and Ajeet Kumar

Whereas in women’s category, Sri Lanka bagged a gold, while India got silver and bronze.

6) Volleyball

Nepal bagged ‘silver’ medal in the volleyball match held part of the 13th SAG on December 03, 2019. Beginning with a disappointing start (25-18) in the first set against India, Nepali women team bounced back in the second (25-23) and third sets (25-21). However, they couldn’t perform well in fourth (25-20) and fifth sets (15-6). Finally, the Himalayan nation lost to India in the tournament and ended up with silver.

13th South Asian Games - Nepal Won Silver Medal

Overall, the day ended with Nepal’s medal count reaching 46, including 23 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals. While, India is second in the medal tally with 42 medals, followed by Sri Lanka in third position with 48 medals, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan.

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Day 2 (December 02, 2019): Nepal Tops Medals Table

The Day-2 of the 13th SAG saw Nepal on December 02, 2019 ended with Nepal at the top of the medals table with 24 medals, of which 15 were Gold.

1) Karate-Men’s Brings First ‘Gold’ to Nepal

Nepal’s Manday Kaji Shrestha offered to the nation its first ‘gold’ in 13th SAG in the Senior Karate Senior Men’s Individual Kata event at the Karate Hall, Satdobato in Lalitpur, on December 02, 2019.

Nepal's Manday Kaji Shrestha offered to the nation its first ‘gold’

Shrestha won over Pakistan’s Niama Tullah by 25.72 points, while the latter bagged silver with 24.92 points. Similarly, Sri Lanka’s Santhara Rasa Balmaj claimed a bronze medal. He also bagged two gold medals in Karate Single Kata and Karate Group-wise Kata events. Karate (55 kg category) – Laxman Tamang also bagged a gold in the Karate Men’s (55 kg category).

With this win, Nepal got its gold in Karate Kate after two decades.

Gold Medal Winners in Karate

  • Mandekaji Shrestha
  • Mandekaji Shrestha, Mahasus Shrestha and Pravin Manandhar
  • Laxman Tamang
  • Biplavlal Shrestha
  • Kusum Khadka
  • Anu Adhikari

Silver Medal Winners in Karate

  • Chanchala Danuwar
  • Diwash Shrestha

2) Karate-Women’s Brings ‘Silver’

Meanwhile, the Himalayan nation had to satisfy only with ‘silver’ in the Karate Senior Women’s Kata at the Karate Hall, Lalitpur. Nepal’s Chanchala Danuwar grabbed silver after fighting out Pakistan’s Shahida in the finals.

Nepal's Chanchala Danuwar

However, Shahida was a point ahead of Shahida to clinch the gold medal at the end of the event. Sri Lanka again received only a ‘bronze’ medal.

13th South Asian Games: Shahida of #Quetta won first gold medal for #Pakistan

Shahida of #Quetta won the first gold medal for Pakistan

3) Taekwondo

Nepal has good news here too. The team’s Taekwondo player Sina Maden Limbu bagged a gold medal in Taekwondo event in the 17-23 years Women’s Individual category. Sina, with 8.150 points, outpaced India’s Rupa Bayor letting her for a ‘silver’ medal.

Taekwondo player Sina Maden Limbu - Asian Games 2019

Sri Lanka received only at ‘bronze’ medal again. Similarly, Nirmala Tamang, Saru Karki and Ranjita Malla bagged a gold medal in the group category. Kamal Shrestha won the gold in the Men’s category, defeating India’s Rahul Jain.

Meanwhile, Krishna Bahadur Tamang bagged a gold in the Taekwondo Pumse (17-23 years), followed by Parwati Gurung in the 23-29 years and Ayesha Shakya in the ‘over 29 years’ category.

The first day of the tournament saw Nepali taekwondoins winning 7 gold medals out of 13. With a ‘double gold’, Ayasha Shakya emerged as the second Nepali and the first Nepali woman athlete to have won two golds in SAG. She won two golds in women’s individual Poomsae (29 years above) and pair Poomsae (29 years above) along with Sanjib Kumar Ojha.

Maden and Gurung also claimed a gold medal each in women’s individual Poomsae under different weight categories. Nepal’s women team (17-23 years) comprising of Nisha Darnal, Swastika Tamang and Sanjila Timalsina also bagged a gold in the women’s team poomsae.

Nita Gurung, Prashansa Chhetri and Shushila Rai (23 years above) is another team who claimed a gold in the women’s team poomsae.

Gold Medal Winners in Taekwondo

  • Poomsae (23-29 years) – Kamal Shrestha
  • Poomsae (17-23 years) – Mina Saden Limbu
  • Poomsae (23-29 years) – Parwati Gurung
  • Poomsae (over 29 years) – Ayesha Shakya
  • Poomsae (over 29 years) – Ayesha Shakya and Sanjeev Kumar Pandey
  • Poomsae Women Team (17-23 years) – Nisha Darnal, Swatima Tamang and Sajila Timalsina
  • Poomsae Women Team (23-29 years) – Nita Gurung, Prashamsa Chhetri and Sushila Rai

Silver Medals in Taekwondo

  • Krishna Bahadur Tamang

Bronze Medal Winners in Taekwondo

  • Ashmin Raut and Sina Maden Limu
  • Jeet Bahadur Bot and Parwati Gurung
  • Kamal Shrestha, Jit Bahadur Bot, Prem Bahadur Limbu
  • Shishir Shrestha, Ashmin Raut and Deependra Gurung
  • Rojin Rimal

4) Triathlon

Sony Gurung got Nepal a gold in the Triathlon event in a match under Women’s category held at Lakeside in Pokhara. Whereas, Basanta Tharu in Men’s category bagged a ‘bronze’.

Sony Gurung got Nepal a gold in the Triathlon

Sony Gurung - Triathlon

Bronze Medal Winner in Triathlon

  • Triathlon (Men) – Basanta Tharu

5) Cricket

In the first cricket match held part of the 13th SAG, Nepal has defeated Maldives in the Women T20 cricket tournament by 10 wickets. Nepali team chased the 17-run target in just 1 over without losing even a single wicket.

Nepal’s fast bowlers Anjali Chand

Nepal’s fast bowlers Anjali Chand exhibited a tremendous performance by claiming six wickets of Maldives’ players.

Nepal Women's Cricket Team - Asian Games 2019

Match Summary

  • Maldives – 16/10 (10.1 Overs)
  • Nepal – 17/0 (0.5 Overs)
  • Nepal won by 10 Wickets (With 115 Balls Remaining)
  • Man of the Match – Anjali Chand (Nepal)

Next, the Himalaya nation will take on Bangladesh on December 4 and Sri Lanka on December 6.

The top two teams from there will fight for the ‘gold’ medal.

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