Member Secretary of National Sports Council (NSC) Yuvraj Lama bade farwell to Nepal´s U-16 national team on Thursday. The team will leave for India on Friday morning to participate in the qualifying round of the second FIBA ASIA Championship.
The qualifying round will be held in New Delhi from August 1-3 at the Tyagraj Sports Complex. Only one team will qualify from among the SAARC countries — India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Srilanka, Pakistan and Bhutan.
The winner of the finalist will play in the 2nd U-16 FIBA ASIA Championship to be held in Nha Trang, Vietnam between October 18-28.
Nepal´s national team has returned from India securing third position and better result is expected from the U-16 team as they have talented players. The players in the teams were selected from the talent hunt and also with the performance during the national tournament.
The players were kept for a two-month training during the talent hunt program and were kept for 21 days later. The players were trained by head coach Dinesh Nakarmi and Biku Maharjan. Saurav Shrestha who plays as the small forward will lead the team.
Narhari Gautam, Ashish Gauchan and Rajesh Maharjan are the shooting guard for the team while Ashim Shrestha and Devendra Rana are the centeral forward. Rahul Maskey, Prasanna Man Shrestha, Anish Shahi and Prasanna Kumar Pradhan are the forward for the team. Siddhartha Maharjan and Biraj Rana are the point guard of the team.