KATHMANDU: The 13th South Asian Games began yesterday amidst great fanfare. Nepal has been able to clinch 15 gold medals so far putting it at top of the table. It has also won 3 silver and 6 bronze medals. Nepal has won 24 medals in total.
India has won 3 gold, 8 silver, and 3 bronze medals.
Srilanka has won 3 gold, 6 silver, and 10 bronze medals.
Pakistan has won 2 gold, 3 silver, and 5 bronze medals.
Bangladesh has won 1 gold, 12 bronze medals.
Bhutan has won 1 bronze, whereas, the Maldives has not been able to win.
Nepal dominated the field of the opening games in Karate and Taekwondo -Pumpse.
Nepal won 14 gold medals in Karate and Taekwondo Pumpse in various categories. The event that was organized in Saddobato of Lalitpur saw Nepal win 7 gold each in Karate and Taekwondo Pumpse.
Senior Men category gold went to Mande Kaji Shrestha.
Nepal women team also performed magnificently in the events. In the team events, Laxman Tamang and Biplavlal Shrestha won gold in the 84 kg category. In the women team, Kusum Khadka and Anu Adhikari won gold in their respective categories.
Other winners were Aasha Shakya, Parwati Gurung, Sina Limbu Maden, and Kamal Shrestha. Similarly in the other categories, the winners were Nisa Darnal, Swastika Tamang, Sanjila Timilsina, Nita Gurung, Prasansa Chettri, and Sushila Rai.
Nepal also won gold in the Triathlon which was held in Kaski of Pokhara district. Soni Gurung won gold in the multisport race.