The country is in the throes of controlling and managing corona virus infection. Due to the lockdown, players, coaches and judges are also inside the house. As a result, competitions and closed training of any sport are stalled. Even though the players are practicing individually in their homes, the competition has not taken place.
While the country is in lockdown, Kata’s online competition for sitario karate has been organized on Friday. It is claimed that this is the first time in the history of Nepal’s sports that competition has been held online. Kathmandu-based Shankhadol Dojo has organized the first Shankhadol open online kata competition.
Among them, 22 male and 11 female players participated online, said Bhim Raj Karanjit, head coach of the dojo.
According to him, Jagat Singh Dhanuk of Dhangadhi Karate Dojo in Kailali won the men’s event. Dhiresh Shrestha of Balaju Dojo of Kathmandu came second and Swarnim Manandhar of Narahari Dojo came third.</span
Similarly, Rosma Rai of Khotang Dojo came first, Varsha Saud of Dhangadhi Karate Academy came second and Sarita Shrestha came third. The first, second and third place winners were awarded 12,500, 6,500 and 4,000 cash prizes respectively, said head coach Karanjit. According to him, Rehan Javed of Lanchaur Dojo was declared an emerging player and Pradip Rai of Surkhet was declared a veteran player.
The decision of the competition was also made online, said Vijay Lama, a national player of Sitario Karate. According to him, Gangaram Maharjan, the 8th SAF gold medalist and Mandekaji Shrestha, the 13th SAF double gold medalist, along with Dojo’s head coach Karanjit and program coordinator Lama played the role of judges online.
President of the Nepal National and International Sportsmen’s Association Deepak Shrestha, who won the eighth SAAF gold medal, provided special assistance to conduct the competition, said program coordinator Lama.