December 10, 2019 :DD News
Katmandu,: 13th South Asian Games concluded in Nepal on Tuesday evening; Thousands of sports lovers witnessed gala closing ceremony held at historic Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu.
Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Ishwar Pokharel graced the occasion as Chief Guest. A large number of other dignitaries also attended the closing ceremony. India finished on top with 312 medals comprising 174 gold, 93 silver and 45 bronze. Host Nepal remained second and Sri Lanka got third place.
On the final day of Games India clinched 10 gold, 2 silver and one bronze. Indian boxers continued their outstanding performance and won 6 gold, one silver and one bronze today. In women’s Pinki Rani brought first gold in 51 kg category. She defeated Mala Ravi of Nepal in the final. In 57 kg Sonia Lather won gold by defeating her Sri Lankan opponent. Manju Bamboriya also clinched gold in 64 kg. She beat Nepal’s Punam Rawal. In men’s Sparsh Kumar brought gold. He defeated Mohd. Asif Syed of Pakistan in 52 kg. Varinder Singh lost his bout to Nepal’s Sanil Shahi in 60 kg. Krishan Vikas clinched gold in 69 kg beating Gul Zaib of Pakistan. In 91 kg Narendra brought sixth Gold for the country. He defeated Ashish Duwadi in the final.
In Squash India won gold in women’s team event and silver in men’s. Indian girls defeated Pakistan in the finals by 2-1, while men team lost to Pakistan by 1-2.
In Basketball Indian men’s and women’s teams clinched gold each. Men team defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 101-62. In Women’s final Indian girls crushed host Nepal by 127-46. Both the teams dominated throughout the games and did not give any chance to their opponents.
In Judo mixed event India won gold.
During the 10 day long biggest sporting event of the South Asia, over 2700 athletes from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives competed for 1119 medals. Sporting events in 26 games were held at Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur.