"COAS Trophy 2074" Kicks Off

<div>The "Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Trophy 2074" kicked off at the Nepali Army Physical Fitness and Training Centre (NA Sports Complex), Lagankhel on August 18, 2017. COAS General Rajendra Chhetri inaugurated the sports meet amid a special function.</div><div><br></div><div>Director General of Military Training &amp; Doctrine (DGMT&amp;D), Major Gen. Dev Kumar Subedi delivered the welcome speech followed by a march past from the 10 different participating teams. Likewise, various cultural programs and Band display were also presented by the Nepali Army Band.</div><div><br></div><div>Altogether ten teams of the Nepali Army, including six Divisions, Supporting Arms, and Special Forces are competing for the "COAS Trophy 2074". The sports competition includes Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Basketball, Football and Kabbadi.</div><div><br></div><div>After the opening ceremony, COAS Gen Chhetri distributed the prizes to the winners of the Men's and Women's 400 m and 1500 m finals. On the first day, Corporal Som Kumal of No. 16 Bde won the Men's 400 meters final breaking the Army record (47.94s), while Sargent Sarvesh Lamichhene of Special Forces Bde and Lance Corporal Jeevan Chaudhary North-western Division secured second and third place. In Women's 400 meters final, Cpl Krishna Chaudhary of No 16 Bde bagged the gold medal with a new Army record (59.80s) while CPL Sangita Meche of Mid Division and Pte Tulsha Khatri of Western Division clinch Silver and Bronze respectively.</div><div><br></div><div>In the men's 1500m category, Gunner Umesh Masyngdi Magar of No 13 Bde won the gold medal ahead of Pte Ramji Basnet of Western Div and Sgt Kalyan Baniya of Special Forces Bde. In the final event of the day, Cpl Saraswoti Bhattari of No 16 Bde, who broke the Army record (4m 40.80s), triumphed in the Women's 1500 meters category ahead of Gunner Sanumaya Karki of No 13 Bde and L/Cpl Laxmi Pandey of No 16 Bde.</div><div><br></div><div>During the opening ceremony, ex-COAS of Nepali Army, Member Secretary and officials of National Sports Council (NSC), high ranking officials of Nepalese Army, residential Military Attaches, officials of Defense Ministry and media personnel were present.</div><div><br></div><div>COAS Trophy was first introduced in 2065 B.S., with an aim to enhance sprite de corps and to produce quality athletes competent to take part in international platform. Nepali Army believes this kind of exposure to the athletes will be extremely fruitful for the sustainable development of the sports in national and international stages.</div>