Highlights of the ASBC National Federations – Nepal reached its highlight with three gold medals at the 2019 South Asian Games

The Asian Boxing Confederation introduces the best moments of its affiliated Asian National Federations launching a new PR campaign, the Highlights of the ASBC National Federations. Nepal won altogether six bronze medals in the Asian Games but the country reached its highlight at the 2019 South Asian Games with three titles.

Nepal sent four boxers to the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games where Thapa Namsing (51kg), Thapa Bim Bahadur (57kg), Gurung Ram Prasad (60kg) and Pun Om Prasad (63.5kg) have done a debut for the country. Nepal returned to the Olympic Games in 1980 where Moscow the South Asian country represented the event with three boxers. Nepal also competed in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games with three boxers and their peak participation was at the Seoul 1988 edition with five athletes. Since the qualification system was introduced in 1992, Nepal was not able to qualify boxers for the Olympic Games.

Nepal achieved six bronze medals in the boxing history of the Asian Games following their debut in the Bangkok 1978 edition. Dal Bahadur Ranamagar (60kg), Man Bahadur Shrestha (63.5kg), Sushi Pokhrel (75kg) and Tul Bahadur Thapa (+91kg) achieved four bronze medals for Nepal in the Seoul 1986 Asian Games which was their best ever competition. Chitra Bahadur Gurung (67kg) achieved bronze in Beijing in 1990 while their last medal claimed by Deepak Maharjan (81kg) in the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.

The South Asian Games is an important event in Nepal’s boxing life which started in 1984 in Kathmandu. Nepal’s top boxers as Shahi Puskara (48kg) and Dal Bahadur Ranamagar (60kg) achieved two gold medals for the country in 1984. Ram Chandra Thapa Magar won the title of the welterweight (67kg) in the Kathmandu 1999 South Asian Games which was Nepal’s next success in the event.

Nepal hosted the South Asian Games in Kathmandu in 1999 and after 20 years of break the event returned to their capital city in 2019. The boxing tournament of the 13th edition of the South Asian Games was a great success for Nepal’s boxing team in Kathmandu. Nepal achieved three gold, six silver and six bronze medals in the boxing event of the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. Minu Gurung (women’s 54kg), Sanil Shahi (men’s 60kg) and Bhupendra Thapa (men’s 64kg) earned their gold medals in the 2019 South Asian Games.

The new edition of the Bir Ganeshman Singh Memorial National Boxing Championships was planned to be held for their elite female and male boxers at Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu from 31st March until 4th April but the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nepal Boxing Association is planning to hold national events in 2021 and return to the international stage.

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