Kathmandu, Dec. 11
The official website of Singapore Marathon had revealed that Nepali sprinter Rajendra Bhandary and Purna Bahadur Tamang had not participated in the marathon held on December 7 in Singapore.
The website in reply to the query via email stated that those two athletes had made no participation in the event. The Gorkhapatra Daily, had published the news on Thursday questioning on Bhandary and Tamang’s participation in the marathon. Their name were not found in top hundred’s list available in the official web site of the event.
After the news, Nepal Army had started inquiry over Bhandary’s status in the marathon from Nepal Amateur Athletics Association (NAAA). Bhandary is an employee at Nepal Army.
NAAA general secretary, Rabi Raj Karnikar, however, remained tighlipped over the controversy. Instead he said that he had not got time to read the Gorkhapatra Daily. "I came to know the news report through Sagarmatha News Channel, which called me for interview," Rajkarnikar clarified.
He refuted the news by saying that Army man Bhandary had participated in the international tournament for the first time with chest no. 0063 and Tamang with no. 0066 chest number. He claimed that he will provide the official letter of the participation to the daily till Friday.