Tuesday 10th December 2019

Nepali Taekwondo Team Hopes Big on 13th SAG

Taekwondo will be the highest medal sport in the 13th South Asian Games
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Nepali Taekwondo Team Hopes Big on 13th SAG

Nepal taekwondo team coach Nabin Shrestha was very confident about his team’s upcoming performance at the 13th SAG.

He said the team’s preparation was satisfactory and is now good form compared to previous international tournaments.

He said the team’s preparation was satisfactory and is now good form compared to previous international tournaments.

“This time we arranged training in Indonesia, Malaysia and China, breaking the tradition of going to South Korea, and the players also got exposure in a couple of international events during the close camp training,” Shrestha said in a statement.

He said taekwondo will be the highest medal sport in the 13th South Asian Games and the matches will be held at Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur from December 1-10, 2019.

Taekwondo has been one of the successful sports for Nepal. The Nepali taekwondo team claimed all the 14 gold medals in the 8th SAG but failed to repeat the magic in 12th SAG.

“It’s true that we have not been able to produce the likes of Deepak Bista, Sangina Baidya, Manita Shahi and Ayasha Shakya in recent times, but the current squad has the caliber of matching their achievements,” says Shrestha.

“The way these players performed in China and Indonesia earlier this month, I am sure we will claim at least half of the total gold medals in the SA Games,” he added.

Taekwondo offers 29 gold medals — 13 in poomsae and 16 in kyorugi.

Nepal Taekwondo Squad

Nepal Taekwondo Squad 13th SAG 2019

Poomsae:

Individual – Krishna Bahadur Tamang, Sina Maden (17-23yrs), Kamal Shrestha, Parbati Gurung (24-29yrs), Rejin Rimal Ayasha Shakya (above- 30yrs)

Pair Ashmin Raut/Sina Maden (17-23yrs), Jit Bahadur Bot/ Parbati Gurung (24-29yrs) and Sanjib Kumar Ojha/Ayasha Shakya (above- THT 30yrs)

Team Ashmin Raut, Shishir Shrestha, Dipendra Gurung (17-23yrs male), Sanjila Timilsina, Nisha Darnal, Swostika Tamang (17-23yrs female); Kamal Shrestha, Jit Bahadur Bot, Pream Bahadur Limbu (24-29yrs male), Nita Gurung, Prashasna Chhetri and Shusila Rai (24-29yrs female)

Kyorugi:

Male – Manoj Malla (-54kg), Govinda Ale (-58kg), Gyanendra Hamal (-63kg), Bir Bahadur Mahara (-68kg), Kiran Ale (-74kg), Nischal Man Shrestha (-80kg), Bhupen Shrestha (-87kg) and Saksham Karki (+97kg)

Female – Kajal Shrestha (-46kg), Yunisha Rai (-49kg), Ashmita Khadka (-53kg), Neema Gurung (-57kg), Sangita Basyal (-62kg), Apsara Karki (-67kg), Manita Shahi (-73kg) and Nisha Rawal (+73kg).

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