By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, Sept. 28: Except for their record in T20 cricket, Nepali players' performance was disappointing at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Wednesday. Nepali taekwondo players kept on losing as Abhishek Baral (men's -80kg), Bir Bahadur Mahara (men's -68kg), and Indira Basnet (women's -67kg) lost their respective bouts with an identical 2-0 score. Baral lost his round of 32 match, while Mahara and Basnet were eliminated from their round of 16 match. Nepal's only hope for a medal now rests on Jacky Yadav, who is playing in the 80kg weight category on Thursday.
Swimmers Duana Lama and Nasir Yaha Hussian were eliminated from the heat round once again. Lama finished her 100m backstroke race in 20.15 seconds and also exited from the heat round in women's 200m freestyle. Hussian took 2:00.14 minutes to complete his race in men's 200m freestyle.
Nepali boxers Susma Tamang and Bhupendra Thapa surrendered to their opponents in the Round of 16 bouts on Wednesday. Tamang, who won a silver medal in U22 Asian Boxing, lost her 50kg match against Kazakhstan's Nazym Kyzaibay 0-5. Thapa, the 13th SAG gold medallist, also lost 0-4 in winning point to Chinese Taipei's Chu En Lai in men's 63.5 kg. Rabin Nepal's challenge in men's 92kg also ended in the Round of 16 with a loss to Filipino John Nobel Marvin.
In women's 3x3 basketball, Nepal conceded their second loss in Group B league match against Kazakhstan by 17-10. Nepali hoopsters' first loss was against Japan. Nepal will play their last group match against Chinese Taipei on Friday. In Handball, Nepali women suffered a 10-62 loss against Japan.
Nepal completed their participation in Judo by losing in the mixed team event on Wednesday. In the quarterfinal of the mixed team event, Nepal lost to Japan 4-0. Nepali judokas could not win in the repechage contest, surrendering against Kazakhstan 4-0.
In Esports, Nepal contested two matches of Dream Three Kingdoms 2 in Group C but conceded defeat against Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam by 1-0. The losing streak continued in the squash event too. Nepali women lost to India and Pakistan 3-0 in the Team event, and in the men's team event, Qatar and Singapore humbled Nepal 3-0.
In Wushu, Kabita Thapa finished in 8th place in the women's Jianshu final. She also competed in the Qiangshu final, finishing in 11th place at the bottom. Likewise, Table Tennis players Rubin Maharjan and Sanyog Kapali lost their Round of 64 matches in men's singles. Kapali and Maharjan paired up for men's doubles but lost their first-round match against Pakistan 3-0. In the mixed doubles, the teams of Sanyog Kapali and Nabita Shrestha, Rubin Maharjan and Sikka Suwal Shrestha were eliminated from the Round of 32.