Nepali taekwondo players have left for Suban, South Korea, for training focused on the upcoming 17th Asian Games to be held in Inchon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4, 2014.
Minister for Youth and Sports Purusottam Poudel, National Sports Council vice-president Lama Tendi Sherpa and other sports officials bade the team farewell amidst a function on Wednesday.
Altogether 12 players, six men and six women, left the country for training prior to the games. Their training will start from Thursday, according to Nepal Taekwondo Association.
The men include Arun Adhikari (Under-54 kg), Ranjan Shrestha (U-58 kg), Sujan Joshi (U-68 kg), Mahamad Besh (U-68 kg), Sakshyam Karki (U-74 kg) and Dan Bahadur Airee (U-80 kg).
Similarly, the women are Yan Kumari Chaulagai (U-49 kg), Nima Gurung (U-53 kg), Gyani Chunara (U-57 kg), Manita Shahi (U-62 kg), Ayesha Shakya (U-67 kg) and Nisha Rawal (above-73 kg).
Among the participating players, Manita Shahi and Ayesha Shakya won bronze in the 15th Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar in 2006.
So far, Nepal has won a silver and 13 bronze medals in taekwondo in different editions of the Asian Games.