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Great Expectations for Nepal

Last time, in Colombo, Nepal was placed fourth in the ranking with 53 medals including seven golds among the seven nations of the region.

In Dhaka, 283 Nepali players will compete for 132 gold medals in 23 events. And, players, coaches and officials know they could have prepared better for the event. “We could not meet your expectations but we request you to forget all about that and concentrate on your performance,” Timalsina told the players during a farewell organized by the Nepal Weightlifting Association.

Nepali players will be led by Deepak Bista, the Olympic qualifier, who is vying for the fourth consecutive gold medal in the SAG. Karateka Kushal Shrestha, Manita Shahi (taekwondo) and Kamal Bahadur Adhikari (weightlifting) are also hoping for the gold.

Weightlifting has won the largest number of medals for Nepal in the SAG so far.