Hundreds of Nepalis gathered at the Coburg Tennis Hall on Sunday – the day promised fun and excitement. Organised by NRN Australia’s Victoria Youth Forum, Victoria’s first Nepali table tennis tournament was hailed by the community as a fruitful exercise which aimed at uniting the community via sports.
The tournament, which began at 11 a.m. was divided in 3 categories: U 16, Women’s and Men’s.
The winners’ and runners’ up of the respective categories are:
U 16 Finals:
Winner: Bibidh Kafle (Right), Runner Up: Prabhat Bhatta (Left)
Winner: Anita Sapkota (Left), Runner Up: Prakriti Bhatta (Right)
Winner: Pranesh Karki (Left), Runner Up: Niraj Panta (Right)
The finalists were also awarded cash prizes along with their certificates and medals. Runners up of U-16 Bhatta received AUD 100 whereas winner Kafle was awarded AUD 200. In the men’s and women’s category, both winners were presented with AUD 500 and runners up with AUD 300 each. Men’s winner Niresh Karki is a national player, and has represented the nation in many occasions.
All participants were also presented with a certificate and a medal for their enthusiastic participation.
Addressing the audience, Keshav Kandel, President of NRNA Australia thanked all stakeholders for their contributions towards making the tournament a grand success. He thanked the sponsors for their support. The tournament also saw the support of several community leaders – Chandra Yonzon, Hon. Consulate General of Nepal to Victoria, Keshav Kandel, NRNA Australia’s President, Prem Kandel, NRNA Victoria’s Coordinator, Tara Gaire, President of NAV to name a few.
Mr. Yonzon addressing the audience said he was pleased to see the growth of sports within the community, and encouraged similar programs. Babin Mishra, Youth Coordinator also thanked the community and the participants towards making the tournament a grand success.