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Profiles of 8 Nepalese Athletes Competing in Beijing Olympics


Eight Nepalese athletes at the reception before leaving for Beijing Olympics. Photos: Smita

Chandrakala Thapa
Athlete

Athlete Chandrakala Thapa was born in 2040 Magh 16 B.S. in Urlabari, Morang. Her family does substantial farming. She is the youngest child in the family of 1 son and 2 daughters. “As I was the youngest my parents never prevented me from playing any games that I liked. Actually, they have been encouraging me to do something different all the time,” said Thapa.

She joined Nepal Police in 2056 B.S and there she joined Mahendra Police Club, as she was always interested in and good at sports from childhood. By now she has participated in dozens of National games and has won more than a dozen Gold medals. She holds the National Record in 400m Individual.

With the height of 5 feet 4 inches and 57 weights Thapa will run along side the other Olympians under ‘Athletics 100 m Heat’ event in upcoming Beijing Olympics. Her schedule of the game is given below:

Day 9

Sunday (August 17, 2008)

 

Session AT06

 

Start: 19:00

 

End: 23:27

 

National Stadium 

 

 

19:00-19:35

Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1

 

19:45-20:01

Women's 100m Semifinals

 

22:30-22:40

Women's 100m Final

 

23:20-23:27

Women's 100m Medal Ceremony

 
Some of the national and international games in which she participated are:
1. Investment Bank National Game in 2062 B.S: 5 Gold Medals
2. 9th South Asian Games in 2004: Participant
3. 10th SAAF Game (Colombo 2006): Participant
4. 9th World Championship in France (2003): Participant
5. 17th Asian Championship, Jordan 2007: Participant
6. SAAF Senior Championship in Cohn, India: Participant

“With two months of training it will be difficult for us to bring any medal in this Olympics. But I am targeting to break the National Record,” said Chandrakala Thapa with a promise to give her best in the Olympics.

Debu Thapa

Judo

If Debu Thapa (Maharjan) could be described in one word it would be ‘tough’ woman. Born in 2030 in Jumla, Karnali zone of Far Western Region, she was the only daughter of a financially high class family. “My family cherished me so they did not stop me from doing what I wanted,” says Thapa.

She was very active teenager. She played every game held in the region and won prizes which were usually ‘plates’ at that time. Because of this she joined the Nepal Police when she was just 14 years of age. From there she became the judo player in then Mahendra Police Club and was soon declared National Player when she started winning every competition she participated in the national tournaments starting from 1996 AD.

She came to prominence after she fought her first international game and won a Gold medal. It was in 1997 South Asian Championship (Bangladesh) where she learned she was three months pregnant and still played signing a paper and convincing judges and her coach that if anything happens she will take sole responsibility. So, she is known as one tough woman. In this Olympic Games, she is targeting to break the national record.

“I know I will win four fights easily if I get a chance to fight with Asia’s players,” she declared. Confident and tough, Thapa will be at her best in the games, said her coach Birendra Ranjitkar.

National Games

Year

Game

Weight

Position

Place/Country

2007

9th National Judo Championship

63

First

Jhapa

2005

8th National Judo Championship

63

First

Kathmandu

2005

All Nepal Open Judo Championship

Open

First

Kathmandu

2005

All Nepal Open Judo Championship

56

First

Kathmandu

2004

Kathmandu Open Judo Championship

Open

First

Kathmandu

2004

All Nepal Open Judo Championship

57

First

Kathmandu

2003

All Nepal Open Judo Championship

57

Best Player

Kathmandu

2003

All Nepal Open Judo Championship

Open

First

Kathmandu

1996

7th National Judo Championship

55

First

Lalitpur

 

 

 

 

 

International Games

Year

Game

Weight

Position

Place/Country

2007

Asian Judo Championship

63

Participate

Kuwait

2006

15th Asian Games

63

Participate

Doha

2006

10th South Asian Games

63

Second

Colombo

2006

Hong Kong International Judo Tournament

63

Participate

Hong Kong

2006

4th India Cup International Judo Championship

63

Third

India

2005

South Asian Judo Championship

57

Second

Indore, India

2004

Rajiv Gandhi International Judo Championship

57

Participant

Lucknow, India

1999

AARC Judo Championship

57

Second

Lucknow, India

1997

Independence Day International Judo Championship’97

52

Third

Bangladesh

1997

South Asian Championship

50

First

Bangladesh

1996

Invitation Open Judo Tournament

50

First

Kathmandu

Special Achievement in Judo: 

  1. Kodokan 3rd Dan, 2007
  2. Kodokan 2nd Dan, 2004
  3. Black Belt = 1st Dan, 1999
  4. Mahendra Police Club, Player
  5. Participate in Judo Technical Seminar 2004, organized by NJA
  6. Referee in 1st MMAC Junior Judo/Kendo Championship 2005
  7. Participate in JUA education and Coaching Seminar 2007

Debu Thapa’s Judo game schedule is as follows:

Day 4

Tuesday ( August 12, 2008)

 

Session JU07

Start: 12:00

End: 16:30

Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium

 

12:00-16:30

Women's -63kg Preliminaries/Repechages

 

Session JU08

 

Start: 18:00

End: 19:30

 

Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium

 

18:00-19:30

Women's-63kg Final of Repechage A

 

18:00-19:30

Women's-63kg Final of Repechage B

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Final of Table A

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Final of Table B

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Bronze Medal Contest A

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Bronze Medal Contest B

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Gold Medal Contest

 

18:00-19:30

Women's -63kg Medal Ceremony

 These programs are said to be broadcast LIVE only from Chinese International Television such as CCTV 9 and so on.

Deepak Bista
Tae-kwon-do

With his record of holding three gold Medals in South Asian Games, everyone is looking closely at Deepak Bista for his performance in the upcoming Beijing Olympic 2008. He is the only qualified player for the Olympics from Nepal.

Born in 1976 A.D in Kanchanpur district, Bista was famous as the best player in volley ball during his school days. But his interest in it slowly faded away as he was more interested in tae-kwon-do. He needed money to join the game but as he did not have enough money, Bista stole Rs.300 from his uncle Damber Bista's Gyan Niketan School and was admitted at Dhangadi Dojang. This is the way his career in Tae-Kwon-Do started.

Now he is a national player of Nepal. But to be the top player he did not have flower strewn roads. Like most of other Nepali players, he had to struggle with money problems and walk alone as his family did not support his interest in competitions. They did not like him becoming a player who had no secure future in a country like Nepal. But with his strong willpower and dreams to be someone, he fought against every obstacle and rose as the victor.


Excited about the Beijing Olympics, Bista said competing in the Olympics was his dream after he joined Tae-kwon-do. “It was my dream to play in Olympics and I am very happy about it. But I will be happier if the dream to win a medal and bring it home comes true as well,” he said.

He has already been to more than 10 countries, namely India, Pakistan, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Bahrain, South Korea, USA. Sri Lanka, Qatar, and China for international games and has come home with medals.

He is taking his studies at the same time. Right now he is doing his Masters in Sociology from Tri-Chandra College, Kathmandu. “Study is a must for everyone,” added Bista.

Some of his national and international games and awards are given below:

National Games (TKD)

SN.

Games

Place

Year

Received Award

1

First Mayor National Open Tae-kwon-do Championship

Butwal

2001

Gold

2

4th National Games

Nepalgunj

1999

Gold

3

5th National Tae-kwon-do Championship

Ilam

1997

Gold

4

Saroj Memorial National Open Tae-kwon-do Championship

Butwal

1996

Gold

5

His Majesty King Golden Jubilee National Tae-kwon-do Championship

Kathmandu

1996

Gold

6

4th National Tae-kwon-do Championship

Hetunda

1996

Gold

International Games (TKD)

SN.

Games

Place

Year

Received Award

1

Asian Regional Qualification TKD championship for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Vietnam

2007

Bronze                (Qualified)

2

1'st world TKD Expo championship

South Korea

2007

Silver

3

3'rd Korean open TKD championship

South Korea

2007

Bronze

4

18'th World TKD Championship

China

2007

Participate

5

Chuncheon open Int'l TKD championship

South Korea

2007

Participate

6

10'th SAG (South Asian Games)

     Sri Lanka

2006

           Gold

7

15th Asian Games

     Qatar

2006

       Bronze

8

17'th Asian Tae-kwon-do Championship

Thailand

2006

Quarter Finalist

9

Players Cup Tae-kwon-do Championship

USA

2005

Gold

10

Governor Cup Tae-kwon-do Championships – 2004

USA

2005

Gold

11

9th SAG (South Asian Games)

Pakistan

2004

Gold

12

Asian Regional Olympic Qualification for Greece 2004

Thailand

2004

Quarter Finalist

13

World Olympic Qualification for Greece 2004

France

2004

Participant

14

14th Asian Games

South Korea

2002

Bronze

15

7th World university Tae-kwon-do Championship

USA

2002

Quarter Finalist

16

14th Asian Tae-kwon-do Championship

Hong Kong

2000

Participant

17

Asian Regional Olympic qualification for Sydney 2000

Philippines

1999

Third Place

18

World Olympic Qualification for Sydney 2000

Croatia

1999

Participant

19

8th SAG(South Asian Games)

Kathmandu

1999

Gold

20

13th Asian Games

Thailand

1998

Quarter Finalist

21

13th World Tae-Kwon-do Championship

Hong Kong

1997

Participant

22

2nd Koshi International (SAG   Level)

Ithari

1996

Gold

23

2nd Seti International  (SAG     Level)

Dhangadi

1996

Gold

 His Working Experiences are given below: 

  1. Participated as a Tae-kwon-do Coach in 1"st National Gantantrik Sports Festival - 2007 in Nepal.
  2. Worked as a captain of national Tae-Kwon-Do team since 2002 to till date.
  3. Participated as a Tae-kwon-do Coach in 3rd Koshi International Invitation Tae-kwon-do Championship 2005 in Nepal.
  4. Participated as a Tae-kwon-do coach in 3rd Ambassador Cup National Championship 2005 in Nepal.
  5. Participated as a Tae-kwon-do coach in 31st US National Tae-kwon-do Championship – 2005 in Oregon, USA.
  6. Tae-kwon-do Coach and Discipline In-Charge, Himalayan White House Int'l College, from 2005 Jan to till now.
  7. Living stone Higher Secondary School, from 2001 to 2005.
  8. Tae-kwon-do coach, Little Angel's Higher Secondary School from 1999 to 2003.

He has Received Special Training from:

  1. 7 months Special Training In South Korea – 2007
  2. 45 Days Special Training With National Team of USA in Peak Performance Training Center, FL - 2006
  3. Three Months Special Training in Tae-kwon-do World Gym in USA - 2005
  4. One Month Special Training in South Korea - 2005
  5. Five days 11th Foreign Tae-kwon-do Instructor Training Course, Kukkiwon, South Korea - 2005.
  6. One Month Training from South Korea - 2004
  7. One Month Training from South Korea - 2002
  8. One Month Training from Thailand - 2001
  9. One Month Training from South Korea - 1999
  10. One Month Training from South Korea - 1998

Apart from lots of appreciation awards from different organizations some of the important Awards Received by Bista are:

  • SAMSUNG Blue Passion Award - 2007 in Asian Olympic Qualifying Game.
  • Martyrs Dasarath Chand Memorial Trust Award - 2007
  • NNIPA player of the year Award - 2006
  • NSJF LG player of the year Award - 2006
  • Yogendra Smiriti Braery Award - 2006
  •  Deuda Award from Western Region, Nepal - 2006
  • Ambassador For Peace award -2005
  • 3rd Supradipta Birendra Prajatantra Bhaskar from His Majesty The King Gyanendra-2005.
  •  Deuda Award Western Region , Nepal - 2004.
  • Best Player Award of the Year 2003 from his Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras-2004.
  •  3rd Subikhayat Trishathi Patta from his Majesty the King Gyanendra-2003.
  •  “3rd Suprabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu” from Late his Majesty The King Birendra-2000.
  • Best Player Award of the Year 1999 in Far Western Region-2000.
  • Best Player Award on 4th National Games. 1999

Looking at his trainings and awards won in different national and international tournaments Nepalese are praying for their first Olympic medal from Bista for the country.

Game schedule for the Tae-kwon-do game of Deepak Bista is given below:

Day 14

Friday (22 August, 2008)

 

Session TK05

Start: 09:00

 

End: 12:56

 

Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium

 

11:00-12:56

Men's Under 80kg Preliminaries

 

Session TK06

Start: 15:00

 

End: 21:04

 

Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium 

 

16:00-16:56

Men's Under 80kg Quarterfinals

 

17:30-17:56

Men's Under 80kg Semifinals

 

18:30-18:56

Men's Under 80kg Repechage

 

19:30-19:41

Men's Under 80kg Bronze Medal Contest

 

19:45-19:56

Men's Under 80kg Bronze Medal Contest

 

20:15-20:26

Men's Under 80kg Gold Medal Contest

 

20:56-21:04

Men's Under 80kg Medal Ceremony


Kamal Bahadur Adhikari

Weightlifting

Kamal Bahadur Adhikari’s health is not in perfect shape but he is determined to give his best in upcoming Beijing Olympic. “As I got my wild card entry just a few weeks back I didn’t get to train enough for Olympics. However, I have to break the national record even though with my back injuries and insufficient training I am at a disadvantage,” Adhikari said.

Born in 2034 B.S in a middle class farming family of Geetanagar of Chitwan, Adhikari says when he was a child his favorite game was football, but his friends would not let him play as he was stronger than they. His seniors used to let him play sometimes but only sometimes. He joined the Nepal Army in 2054 B.S. and was admitted to Tribhuwan Army Club in 2056 B.S. where he was in athletics (pole-vault) and swimming.

During those days, he says, he didn’t know anything about weightlifting. “I used to watch our senior training from a window and used to wonder if it was a form of sport,” he said. As his seniors noticed he was comparatively strong, they sent him to weightlifting saying “go into the gym to make your body look good”.

Adhikari, who started his weightlifting training by thinking of going there “to make his body look good” is now a National Record holder in 2 categories (69 and 77 kg.) Apart from this he has won many national and international awards. Some of his participated games are given below:

Year

Games

Weight

Position

2008

Asian Weight Lifting Championship (Japan)

69 kg

Participant

2006

10th SAAF Games (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

69 kg

First

2006

15th Asian Games (Doha)

69 kg

11th position

2006

Bhaktapur Sports Tournament

69 kg

First

2005

Open Man Weight Lifting Championship

77 kg

First

2005

Open Weight Lifting Championship

69 kg

First

2005

17th Man National Weight Lifting Championship (Best Player)

69 kg

First

2004

……Asian Games

69 kg

Participant

2003

16th Man Weight Lifting Championship (Best Player)

69 kg

First

2003

14th Constitution Day Open Weight Lifting Championship

62 kg

First

2003

57th Birthday Cup

62 kg

First

2002

32nd Birthday Cup

69 kg

First

2002

National Open Man Weight Lifting Championship

62 kg

Second

2002

Open Valley Championship

62 kg

Second

 

Other National Trophy = 21 (Pcs.)

 

 

These are Kamal Bahadur Adhikari’s schedule of his game in Beijing Olympics:

Day 4

Tuesday (August 12, 2008)

 

Session WL08

Start: 10:00

 

End: 14:00

 

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium

 

10:00-12:00

Men's 69kg - Group B

 

Session WL10

 

 

Start: 19:00

 

End: 21:00

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium

 

19:00-20:40

Men's 69kg - Group A

 

20:50-21:00

Men's 69kg Medal Ceremony



Karishma Karki
Swimmer

At the age of 17, Karishma Karki is the youngest Nepali participant at the Beijing Olympics. The young, beautiful, and focused swimmer says she is hoping to break the national record in this Olympics. “We have had good training in Bangalore, India from our coaches Ongdel Lama (Nepali) and Pradeep Kumar (Indian), so we are confident that we will be able to break our national records, at least,” said Karishma.

Born in the capital city Kathmandu she says she started swimming when she was only 10 years old. She says she started swimming because she was interested in it. More to the point is that her father, Ishwor Karki, is also a swimmer and is her personal coach, so it was a plus point for her. In these 7 years of swimming she has won many medals at national levels and holds the National Record in two categories: 400m – 5.40 sec and 800m – 11.46 sec. Some of her received awards are as follows:

National Level Games:
1. 14th National Games : Bronze and Silver medals in different categories
2. 13th National Games: 8 Gold medals
3. 4th Pramod Memorial Swimming Cup: 2 Gold medals.
4. Galaxi Cup: Gold Medal

International Level Games:

1. 9th SAAF Games (Pakistan): Participant
2. Asian Talent Identification Game (Bangkok): Participant (First Indoor Game)
3. 10th SAAF Games (Sri-Lanka): Participant (National Record Break)
4. First South Asian Games (SAG) (Pakistan): Participant
5. 12th FINA World Championship (Melbourne, Australia): Participant


Her Olympian coaches (Lama and Kumar) will not be going to Beijing because there are no quotas for them, as it is already taken by ‘another person’ of the Nepal Swimming Association. “Obviously, it will make a highly negative differenceto have to participate there without our coach,” says Karishma.

Nevertheless, she says she will give 100 percent in the Olympics. “It was a dream from my childhood to participate in the Olympics. I am really happy about it. I will try to give my best and break my national record,” Karishma promised.

Day 7

Friday (August 15, 2008)

 

Session SW13

Start: 18:30

 

End: 21:16

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

 

18:30-18:53

Women's 50m Freestyle - Heat

Day 8

Saturday (August 16, 2008)

 

Session SW14

 

Start: 10:00

 

End: 11:20

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

 

10:51-10:57

Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinal

Day 9

Sunday (August 17, 2008)

 

Session SW15

 

Start: 10:00

 

End: 11:30

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

 

10:27-10:35

Women's 50m Freestyle Medal Ceremony



Prasiddha Jung Shah
Swimmer

Prasiddha Jung Shah is the youngest player among the men who will participate in the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Born in 2046 B.S, Kathmandu, Prasiddha started swimming when he was just 12 years of age.

Second child of the Padam Jung Shan and Sapana Tamrakar Shah, Prashiddha learned to swim with his father. “I started swimming because it fascinated me when my father used to swim,” said Prasiddha.

He is just as happy to be participating in the Beijing Olympics as are the other athletes. He is also hoping to break a national record in the Olympics.

The first competition in which he won a Gold medal was the Little Angel Age Group Swimming Championship (2001). Since then he has participated in many national and international games:

1. 14th National Swimming Championship: 50m/100m freestyle = Gold Medal
2. 9th SAAF Games (Pakistan) = Participant
3. Asian Talent Identification Game (Bangkok) = Participant
4. 10th SAAF Games (Sri Lanka) = Participant
5. First South Asian Games (Pakistan) = Participant
6. 12th FINA World Championship (Melbourne, Australia) = Participant

Right now, Prasiddha is studying at Columbus College in grade 12. He wants to continue with both his swimming career and his studies.

Prasiddha Shah’s game schedule is given below:

Day 6

Thursday (August 14, 2008)

 

Session SW11

 

Start: 18:30

 

End: 20:40

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

 

18:30-18:58

Men's 50m Freestyle Heat

Day 7

Friday (August 15, 2008)

 

Session SW12

 

Start: 10:00

 

End: 11:34

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

10:00-10:06

Men's 50m Freestyle Semifinal

Day 8

Saturday (August 16, 2008)

 

Session SW14

 

Start: 10:00

 

End: 11:20

 

National Aquatics Center 

 

 

10:36-10:39

Men's 50m Freestyle Final

 

11:10-11:20

Men's 50m Freestyle Medal Ceremony



Phulmaya Kyapchhaki Magar
Shooter

A person of few words, Phulmaya Kyapchhaki Magar was born in Dhanusha District in 2037 B.S as the third child in her family. Her family followed farming as their main occupation and source of survival so she grew up working in the crop fields more than studying in school. However, she was a girl of determination who had her own pace of doing things; she completed her Inter level education.

When she was 18 years old she joined the Nepal Police and in 2058 she started shooting. Within her seven years of shooting she became a national champion and has received many awards. Some of them are given below:

1. National Shooting Competition (2006) = Gold
2. National Shooting Competition (2003) = Silver
3. 9th SAAF Game (2004) = Participant
4. 10th SAAF Game (2006) = Participant
5. 15th Asian Games (2006) = Participant
6. Asian Championship (2007) Kuwait = Participant

With her shy nature, Kyapchhaki says with her sweetest smile, “I am very happy to be participating in the Olympics. Though we had few months of training and preparation I will give my best.”

Phulmaya says though she has been addicted to the game she reminds herself not to enjoy it too much. “If I enjoy more than I need to; there are chances of making more mistakes so I am very serious on my game as it is my duty and responsibility to do better for my country and people,” added Magar.

Kyapchhaki’s game schedule in Beijing Olympic is given below:

Day 1

Saturday (August 9, 2008)

 

Session SH01

 

Start: 08:30

 

End: 15:50

 

Beijing Shooting Range (Hall)  Beijing Shooting Range (CTF)

 

08:30-09:45

Women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification

 

10:30-10:50

Women's 10m Air Rifle Final

 

11:05-11:20

Women's 10m Air Rifle Medal Ceremony



Arjun Kumar Basnet
Athlete

Athlete Arjun Kumar Basnet was born in 1932 A.D in Cangel, Solukhumbu. As an only child of his mother, from early childhood he had to be ‘the man of the house’ to fill in for his father who had disappeared when he was just two.

Basnet, who loves reading whenever he has free time, came to Kathmandu after he finished his School Leaving Certificate (SLC). Financially supporting both himself and his mother back home was too hard for a new village boy in Kathmandu. So he left his studies and joined the Army in 2052 B.S. From there, he joined Tribhuvan Army club in 2055 B.S where he started athletics. Even though he loves to watch football, and now athletics has become his own identity too. “It feels good to be known as an athlete even though there is nothing secure for players of any sports in Nepal,” said Basnet.

He said that at the Beijing Olympics he will try his best to break his own National Record. “Going to participate in the Olympics is a dream for everyone who is in sports and at the same time it is the time to shine in the world, so we will work hard to give 100 percent at the Games,” he added.

Like other competitors, he too is unhappy with the plans of Nepali sports authorities who, at the last hour, give training time to their athletes. He says, “If we are to bring medals we have to work for years. The best thing will be to train our children from their early school levels and give them a suitable environment for their development in sports.”

He has won dozens of national Gold medals and has national records and he is happy that his game has given his an identity in the country but he says he regrets that he could not complete his study.

Some of his national and international games are given below:

Year

Games

Country

Position

2007

Kathmandu Marathon

Nepal

First

2007

NRN Half-Marathon (21 km)

Nepal

First

2006

15th Asian Games

Doha

11th position

2006

10th SAAF Games

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Second

2005

Frankfort Marathon

Germany

Participate

2004

9th SAAF Games

Pakistan

Bronze

2002

14th Asian Games

Bushan, Korea

7th Position

2002

Singapore International Marathon

Singapore

13th Position

2002

8th Asian Championship

Hong Kong

7th Position

2001

8th Asian Cross-country (Relay)

Kathmandu

Fourth

 

Since 2057, has won all the National Tournaments (35 Gold Medals)

 

 

 Basnet’s schedule of a game in Beijing Olympics is given below:

Day 16

Sunday (August 28, 2008)

 

Session AT17

 

Start: 07:30

 

End: 20:07

 

National Stadium 

 

 

07:30-10:30

Men's Marathon Final

 

20:00-20:07

Men's Marathon Medal Ceremony


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-Smita Magar in Kathmandu
   
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