NSC Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista (third right) and Nepal Judo Association President Deepak Harsha Bajracharya (fourth right) pose for a photo with Croatia-bound Nepali judo team on Friday. (Photo Courtesy: NSC)
KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Two Nepali players are set to participate in the World Junior Judo Championship to be held at Zagreb, Croatia starting from October 14 to 24.
“This is the first time that Nepal is participating in junior world championship,” said Deepak Harsha Bajracharya, president of Nepal Judo Association.
Judokas Indra Bahadur Shrestha and Manita Pradhan will represent Nepal in the men’s U-66 kg and women’s U-57 kg weight categories respectively. Coach Dal Bahadur Gurung and team manager Babu Raja Maharjan are the other members of the Nepali team.
NJA President Bajracharya said that the Nepali players are below 18 years and that the tournament would be a good platform to groom them for the future.
“Our players have lots of international exposure and by the time they reach 21 years, which is the prime time of their judo career, we can expect medals from them,” added Bajracharya.
Bajracharya further said that the NJA is sending two experts – Rajiv Pradhan and Suprasiddha Tamrakar – to Indonesia for technical training in a bid to adopt the new digital technology which NJA will be adopting in the near future.
“Digital technology is fast replacing manual trend in officiating matches. So we are equally concerned in this front. We are not just sending players abroad for exposure but also technical experts and coaches for enhancing their skills,” said Bajracharya.
The NJA President said that the goodwill of NJA has earned them favor from international judo fraternity in getting international judo coach.
“The International Judo Federation (IJF) has appointed a Romanian judo coach Dan Telearca for us for a year. The IJF will bear all the cost of his fees and tickets while NJA will pay for the local hospitality and transportation of the coach,” he said.
National Sports Council (NSC)’s Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista bade farewell to the Nepali side amidst a program in Kathmandu, on Friday. The team will leave for Croatia at 11:45 pm on Saturday.