NOC felicitates Rio Olympians with cash

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 4, 2017-

Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) feted Rio 2016 Olympians with cash prizes in Kathmandu on Sunday. 

NOC president Jeevan Ram Shrestha rewarded the seven Olympians who represented Nepal in the 2016 Rio Games in Brazil with $1,000 each. Swimmers Gaurika Singh and Sirish Gurung, athletes Hari Kumar Rimal and Saraswati Bhattarai, taekwondo’s Nisha Rawal, judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri and archer Jeet Bahadur Moktan received the cash.

Singh, who came into limelight as the youngest athlete to compete in the Olympics at the age of 13 years and 255 days, did not attend the programme as she resides in London with her parents. Nepal Swimming Association representative collected the amount on behalf of Singh who competed in women’s 100m backstroke in Rio. Gurung had competed in men’s 100m freestyle and set national record in the event. 

Athlete Rimal had competed in men’s 5,000m race while Bhattarai had participated in women’s 1,500m. Rawal, who competed in women’s above 67kg weight category, had lost her first bout of preliminary round. Judoka Khatri had also lost her first bout in women’s U-63 kg category. Jeet Bahadur Moktan had participated in men’s 70m individual recurve. 

NOC President Shrestha said that every player dreams of competing in Olympics and even a participation in the mega event would be matter of pride for them. NOC president said they would do their best to increase the number of players to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “NOC wants to see Nepali players earn their way to Olympics rather than represent via wild cards.”

Published: 04-12-2017 09:05

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