Nepal’s Anu Adhikari (right) competes with Macau’s Cheung Ching during the women’s -50kg category at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday. | Photo Courtesy: NSC
JAKARTA, Aug 28: Nepal became medal-less in taekwondo, boxing and karate as well, like in all other events, at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. These are the three sports where the country has ever won medals at the Asian Games.
Nepal’s challenge in taekwondo had ended on August 23, while it got out of karate and boxing on Monday.
In the past, Nepal had won one silver and 13 bronze medals in taekwondo, six bronzes in boxing, and three bronzes in karate.
Two Nepali players took part in karate on Monday. Diwas Shrestha lost in the men’s 84-kg quarterfinal match at the hands of Iran’s Poorshab Zabiollah 8-0, while the South Asian Games (SAG) silver medalist Anu Adhikari suffered a 9-0 loss at the hands of Japan’s Miyahara Miho in the 50-kg bronze medal match.
Adhikari had defeated Laos’ Sirimoungkhoune Sirivimon 3-1 in the women’s -50 kg repechage category, while she had beaten Macau’s Cheung Ching 5-1 in the women’s 50-kg 1/8 final. Adhikari then lost to Chinese Taipei’s Gu Shiaushuang 7-2 in the quarterfinal.
Adhikari had again got a chance to play in the repechage after Shiaushuang reached the final. Adhikari became the first Nepali player to win two matches coming into the 10th day of the Asian Games. Shiaushuang won the gold medal in that category.
Likewise, in the men’s 75-kg in boxing, SAG silver medalist Deepak Shrestha lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chiyawei Kan 5-0.
Nepal has continued its winless run in both the team events of men’s and women’s categories in table tennis. Nepal lost to South Korea 3-0 and against Laos 3-1 in men’s category, while it suffered a 3-0 loss each to Hong Kong and Vietnam in the women’s category.
Nepal’s challenge in the men’s regu category of sepak takraw, in which it participated for the first time in Asian Games history, has ended as well.
On Monday, Nepal suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of India, while it had lost 2-0 each against China, Malaysia and South Korea.
Nepal will now play in men’s cad category on Monday.
After the end of team cross entry event in paragliding, the Nepali men’s team has finished in the fourth place. Nepal was third a day ago. The host Indonesia, Japan and South Korea are first, second and third respectively.
In the women’s category of the same event, Nepal has dropped down from fifth to sixth. Japan, South Korea and Indonesia are first, second and third respectively.
The tournament, which will be played until the fifth round, will conclude on Wednesday.
The Nepal men’s team has lost in the team event of squash, which was included at the last among the 29 sports for the Asian Games.
Nepal lost to both South Korea and Pakistan with 3-0 scorelines. Nepal’s journey in the men’s singles category had already ended.
Nepal’s Sarswati Bhattarai has improved her personal timing in the women’s 800-meter category. She improved her record completing the race in two minute 12.85 seconds played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Her best record was two minute 13.99 seconds earlier.