Sushma Tamang, Mala Rai and Bimala Shrestha won their first contests at the Nepal Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament with confidence

Nepal is impressively active in the current year despite of their tough situation which affects the country. The Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament opened in Lalitpur where their top female and male boxers can compete for the medals. Nepal’s strong female boxers such as Sushma Tamang, Mala Rai and Bimala Shrestha are advanced to the semi-finals at the Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament.

Nepal attended at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and at the very first time one of their girls advanced to the quarter-finals in Poland. Nepal not only sent boxers to the Dubai 2021 ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships but achieved historical medals in this level. The South Asian country sent four boxers to the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships which was their last appearance in the international stage.

Nepal arranged national selection competitions before all of the international championships this year and hosted further local events such as the Bagmati Provincial Championships and the International Women’s Day Tournament. Their next activity is the Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament which contains the new weight classes for the women’s and the men’s boxers in this event.

Sushma Tamang is one of the best female hopes in Nepal who succeeded in her quarter-final at the women’s minimumweight (48kg). She defeated Maya Khatri by unanimous decision and she is now a guaranteed medallist in the Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament. Ramisha Shrestha, Asmita Duwal and Sabitri Tamang are also advanced to the semi-finals in the smallest female weight class.

Mala Rai is an experienced international stage boxer at the flyweight (50kg) who had a tough contest against Diwana Sherma and joined to the last four of the national competition. Rai had to do her very best in this contest which was a final-level bout in this strong weight class. Denika Rai, Soniya Baruwal and Pratikshya Aryal are the further three boxers who advanced to the semi-finals in this division.

Bimala Shrestha competed already in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and in the Asian Games therefore she is the most experienced boxer at the featherweight (57kg). She had a good start against Hema Rai in the quarter-finals of the Prakash Dahal Memorial Tournament and also advanced to the last four. Narika Rai and Nangja Budha Magar won their contests in the national event while Dechen Sherpa impressed at the women’s lightweight (60kg).

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