19th Asian Games: Nepal’s Struggle for Medals Continues
A Tough Start for Nepal in the 19th Asian Games
The ongoing 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, has showcased impressive athleticism by participants from various countries. A total of 228 medals have been claimed by athletes from 25 out of the 45 participating countries. In contrast, Nepal, despite being a part of the games, has yet to secure any medals, signaling a challenging path ahead for the nation’s athletes.
Current Medal Standings
As of Monday, China leads the medal tally with a total of 69 medals, including 39 gold, 21 silver, and nine bronze. South Korea follows in second place with 33 medals, comprising 10 gold, 10 silver, and 13 bronze. Japan holds the third spot with 33 medals, including five gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze. Other notable performances include Uzbekistan with 16 medals and Hong Kong China with 14 medals.
Nepal’s Performance in Various Sports
Nepal’s performance in the games has been less than stellar, with Nepali players facing defeats in multiple sports. In tennis, both Pradip Khadka and Abhisek Bastola were defeated in the men’s singles category by opponents from Japan and Hong Kong, respectively. Similarly, the women’s doubles team of Avilasha Bista and Mahima Rana lost to a South Korean team, and the mixed doubles team of Abhisek Bastola and Avilasha Bista succumbed to an Indonesian team. Additionally, Nepal couldn’t secure victories in fencing, rugby, cycling, basketball, taekwondo, judo, and swimming.
A Ray of Hope in Boxing
Despite the string of disappointments, there’s a glimmer of hope for Nepal in the form of boxer Rabin Thapa. Thapa triumphed over an Indonesian player in the 51-kg category, advancing to the pre-quarterfinals where he will face off against Korean players. This success in boxing provides a beacon of hope for Nepal to secure medals in the ongoing competition.
The Competition Continues
The 19th Asian Games are far from over, and there may still be opportunities for Nepal to improve its performance and secure medals. The country’s athletes must remain resilient in the face of challenges and strive for their best performances in the remaining events. Regardless of the current standings, the spirit of sportsmanship demands that every participating nation, including Nepal, continue to give their all in the games.
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