The "1st COAS National Lawn Tennis Tournament-2078" organized by the Nepali Army with the technical assistance of the Nepal Lawn Tennis Association, has concluded amid a ceremony held at the Lawn Tennis Court at army headquarters. COAS General Prabhu Ram Sharma graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest.
Altogether 185 players participated in the event that featured 12 different categories: Open Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Veterans Singles and Veterans Doubles (different age groups) and Inter-Government Men's Doubles.
Pradip Khadka of Kaski District Tennis Association, Saloni Tamang of APF Club, Jitendra Pariyar/Pranab Khanal of TAC Club and Sarvani Shrestha/Saloni Tamang of APF Club clinched the Gold Medals in Men's Single, Women's Single, Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles respectively.
Likewise, Jitendra Pariyar of TAC and Nima Lama/Sumit Mainali of Naulin Sports Ville won the Gold Medal in Veterans (above 35 yrs) Men's Single and Men's Doubles respectively while Chandra Shahi of TAC and Krishna Raj Ghale/Mahesh Shrestha of Kathmandu District Lawn Tennis Association secured the Gold Medals in Veterans (above 45 yrs) Men's Single and Men's Doubles respectively. In Veterans (above 55 yrs) Men's Single and Men's Doubles, Bimal Kumar Gurung of Mandikatar Tennis Club and Krishna Raj Ghale/Subarna Dhakwa of Kathmandu District Lawn Tennis Association respectively won the Gold Medals. Similarly, in Veterans (above 55 yrs) Men's Single Bidur Bista of Kathmandu District Lawn Tennis Association won the Gold Medal. Col Uttam Bogati (Retd.)/Maj Chandra Bahadur Thapa of TAC clinched the Gold Medal in Inter-Government Men's Doubles.
General officers of the Nepali Army, Inspector General of Nepal Police, General Secretary of Nepal Olympic Committee, President of Nepal Lawn Tennis Association, and Presidents of various tennis clubs, media personnel and enthusiastic sports lovers among others were present during the closing ceremony.
The Nepali Army believes that this kind of sports competition will support the development of national and international sports and help in strengthening the civil-military relations.