Continuing its successful sports journey, Nepal bagged another international recognition in the recently-held fifth South Asian Handball Championship.
Nepali women’s handball team won the maiden international medal at the runner’s up position in the championship that concluded in Lucknow on April 3, 2018.
Though the Nepali team got the global-level recognition, it lost out the match to the Indian handball team for 24-5 score. According to Nepal Handball Association, this is the maiden international medal for the Nepali women’s handball team.
This round robin championship was played among five countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Nepal.
While India won all the four matches to stand as the champion, the Nepali team won over Bangladesh (26-17), Afghanistan (23-4) and Bhutan (28-4) in the earlier matches, and Bangladesh bagged only two victories.
The Nepali team comprises of Skipper Uma Rai, Aita Lhamu Sherpa, Parbati Chaudhary, Kabita Rai, Jina Rai and Nisha Rai, among others, while Ramesh Sapkota and Arun Lal Karna are the coaches.
Matches held in Bangladesh gave a different turn to the championship ending in mixed results for the teams.
While the Bangladeshi women’s handball team won over Afghan team by 35-9 goals in the Day-1 match, the team lost it out to the Nepali team by 17-26 score, which moved up Nepal’s position.