Bangladesh clinched one gold and twelve bronze medals on the 2nd day of the 13th South Asian Games from two disciplines of sports --Taekwondo and Karate-- held at Satdobata Sports Complex in Nepal till 9:15 pm on Monday.
Rangamati-born Dipu Chakma won the first gold medal for Bangladesh in men’s individual Poomsae (above 29 years age group) Taekwondo in the ongoing SA Games securing 8.110 points that began on Monday.
Sri Lanka’s Lakshman IIandarige won the event’s silver while Gangphung Gangsa of India took the bronze .
Apart from a gold medal, Bangladeshi athletes also won six more bronze medals each in Taekwondo and Karate on the day.
Earlier, Humayra Akhter won the first medal--a bronze--for Bangladesh in Karate in the women’s singles Kata. Pakistan won the event’s gold and Nepal secured the silver.
Six bronze medalists of Bangladesh in Taekwondo are: Anika Akhter in Women’s Individual Poomsae (under 29 years) and Nurul Nahar Akhter (Under 29 years), Kamrul Islam in men’s Individual Poomsae (U-23 years) and Mehedi Hasan (U-29 years), Nooruddin Hussain and Ruma Khatun Pair Poomsae (U-23), Dipa Chakma and Mousume (above 29).
Six bronze medalist of Bangladesh in Karate are: Arif, Shaheed, Manowar (men’s team event Kata), Karima, Nu May and Hla (Women’s team event Kata), Hasan Khan (men’s singles kata) and Kumaira Akhter Khan (women’s singles Kata), Atiqur Rahman (men’s 84 kgs) and Anwara Iqra (women’s 45 kgs).
Hosts Nepal dominating the medal table of the games securing eleven gold, two silver and six bronze medals while holders India followed them with three gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.
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Bangladesh finished outside of the medals in the men’s volleyball competition of the 13th South Asian Games, after being beaten comfortably by Sri Lanka in the playoff for bronze at Tripureshwor Covered Hall in Kathmandu on Monday.
Fierce rivals India and Pakistan will play in the competition’s final on Tuesday (December 3) to decide gold and silver.
Earlier, Bangladesh were eliminated from the title race after being beaten even more comprehensively in straight sets by Pakistan in the 2nd semifinal on Sunday.
Bangladesh men’s team reached the semifinals as Group A runners-up thanks to winning a 5-set thriller against hosts Nepal in a keenly contested first match, despite losing the other group fixture against India in straight sets.
Bangladesh women’s team meanwhile failed to even make it out of their group in the volleyball competition.
Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team will start their campaign in the 13th South Asian Games T20 Cricket taking on Sri Lanka in their first match at the Pokhara Stadium in Nepal on Tuesday.
The match will kicks-off at 11 am local time.
In the remaining matches, Bangladesh women’s team will play hosts Nepal on December 4 and the Maldives on December 5, both at Pokhara Stadium.
In the day’s opening match, hosts Nepal made a flying start crushing the Maldives by 10 wickets at the Pokhara Stadium on Monday
The Maldives batted first after winning the toss and were bundled out cheaply for 16 runs in 10.1 overs.
Later, hosts Nepal easily reached their target scoring match-winner 17 runs, playing just five balls without losing any wickets.
Top two teams will play final on December 8 at the TU Cricket ground.
Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team: Salma Khatun (Captain), Nigar Sultana, Jahanara Alam, Ayesha Rahman, Farjana Haque, Murshida Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Shabnam Mustari, Fahima Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Khadija Tul Kubra, Ritu Moni, Puja Chakraborty and Rabeya Akter.
Dipu Chakma won the first gold medal for Bangladesh in taekwondo in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SA Games) in Nepal on Monday.
Dipu beat the athletes from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal in 29+ age group category in poomsae taekwondo event to secure the first gold for Bangladesh at Satdobato Sports Complex.
The Rangamati-born athlete scored 16.24 points in the event. Sri Lanka’s Lakshman IIandarige won silver with 8.22 points to his name while India’s Gangphung Gangsa won the bronze with 8.14 points.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the first medal when Humayra Akter won Bronze in the Women’s Single Karate event. In that event, Pakistan won the Gold and Nepal secured Silver.
Humayra has been playing for five years. She won the national championship five times before her first international medal in this year’s SA Games. Humayra passed her HSC this year from Willes Little Flower School.