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Category: Sports

Qatar Airways signs as FIFA sponsor through 2022 World Cup

8 May, MANAMA, Bahrain: FIFA has signed up Qatar Airways as a sponsor through 2022 when the World Cup is staged in the Gulf nation. The airline is filling the sponsorship category vacated by Dubai-based carrier Emirates after the 2014 World Cup. FIFA recently announced losses of $369 million in 2016 as the fallout from corruption scandals has scared off potential commercial backers. The Qatar Airways sponsorship of FIFA was announced Sunday as leaders of world soccer’s governing body arrived in Bahrain for their annual congress. AP...

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FIFA lifts Messi four-game international ban

6 May, Zurich: FIFA on Friday overturned Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s four-game ban from international matches imposed for swearing at an assistant referee, saying there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment. The U-turn is a major boost to Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the South Americans struggling in regional qualifying. FIFA said its appeal committee sided with a challenge filed on Messi’s behalf by the Argentine Football Association and lifted “the sanctions imposed on him as a result”. “Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi’s behaviour...

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Nepal slides three spots in FIFA rankings

4 May, Kathmandu: Nepal has fallen three spots down in the FIFA rankings made public today. Nepal is placed in the 173rd position with 110 points in the rankings. Likewise, neighbouring country India has climbed one spot to secure 100th positions with 331 points. With the result, India tops the list in the rankings among South Asian countries. Similarly, Maldives slid down one position to reach 152nd position while Bhutan secured 164th position and Bangladesh 193rd position. Also, Sri Lanka and Pakistan secured 197th and 201st position respectively. Brazil got first position followed by Argentine and Germany with second...

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We want to turn Uppal Stadium into Sunrisers’ fortress: Warner

2 May, Hyderabad: There is no bigger advantage like playing at ‘home’ and that’s precisely the reason why Sunrisers captain David Warner wants his team to turn the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal into a virtual ‘fortress’. “These (Hyderabad) are different conditions. The thing here is that we are trying to turn this ground into our fortress. Every team tries to win as many games at home as they can,” said Warner, who enthralled one and all with his 59-ball-126 against Kolkata Knight Riders. “Whether you win or loss the toss, you have to have a positive mindset and...

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Ultra-marathon runner Mira Rai honoured

25 April, Itahari: The Kirat Manch Nepal on Monday felicitated the world ultra – marathon runner Mira Rai here in the district. Former Minister and CPN (Maoist Centre) leader, Gopal Kirati, conferred the award and cash prize on Mira amidst a function held at Kirat Rai Yayokha Tayararipchi Building. Leader Kirati handed over Rs 50,000 in cash prize along with an appreciation letter to Mira and said her contribution to Nepal is highly commended. He also expressed his joy that a girl from the indigenous community has become a world class marathon runner to achieve a courageous feat of...

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Mumbai Indians look to continue winning streak against KXIP

19 April, Indore: On a roll with four consecutive victories, two-time champions Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning streak when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match, here on Thursday. Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games. Even though Mumbai’s top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the...

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Volleyball tournament in Rauta

15 April, Gaighat (Udayapur): Minister for Livestock, Sri Prasad Jagebu, on Friday inaugurated the district – wide volleyball tournament at Rauta area of Rautamai Village Council coinciding with New Year 2074. Eight teams are taking part in the event being organized by Rauta Sports Club. The winning team will take home Rs 20,000 while the first-runner up will be awarded Rs 10,000, Rauta Sports Club and Game Organizing Committee Secretary, Tek Raj Rikham said....

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Dhangadi Premier League kicks off

10 April, Kailali: CYC Attariya began with a victory in the Sagarmatha Cement Dhangadi Premier League (DPL) that began in Kailali-Dhangadi on Sunday. In today’s match held at the SSP Office ground, CYC Attariya defeated Kathmandu Goldens by 40 runs. Put into bat, CYC Attariya posted a total of 146 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Yogendra Singh Karki topscored with 57 runs followed by Gyanendra Malla, who remained not out with 34 runs. Sompal Kami took 2 wickets for Kathmandu Goldens. In reply, Kathmandu Goldens were all out in 18.4 overs with...

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Nepal retains 170th position in FIFA ranking

6 April, Kathmandu: Nepal has retained its 170th position in the FIFA ranking published on Thursday. Bhutan has climbed 13 slots to 164th spot. India topped the list among Saarc countries by jumping 31 slots to reach 101st position. But Maldives slid down 13th steps to reach 151st place while Afghanistan has climbed three steps to claim 153rd spot. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are placed in 193rd, 197th and 201st position respectively. Brazil topped the ranking followed by Argentina and Germany with second and third place respectively....

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University T-20 Cricket tournament from tomorrow

3 April, Kathmandu: The University Cricket Club is organising the University T-20 Cricket Championship. The championship will begin at the Tribhuvan University cricket ground at Kirtipur from tomorrow. Sixteen colleges within the Kathmandu Valley will be competing in the tournament. Club president Suman Raj Karki, speaking in a press conference organized here today, said the Great Himalaya Cricket Academy will provide cost-free training and opportunity to play in various competitions to five players who make outstanding performance in the championship and to others three rising players for one year. The winning team will take home the trophy and cash...

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