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Tiger Tops announces closure of Elephant Polo

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NAWALPARASI — Tiger Tops, the organiser of the annual International Elephant Polo Competition, has announced that it would stop hosting the event from this year to support the movement against animal cruelty.

With this, the 35-years long elephant games, which is played every winter on a grass field in Meghauli, Chitwan, will be closed forever. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauli.

Elephant polo, which is played by driving elephants using trainers called mahouts, was first introduced in Nepal in 1982 after James Manclark, a scion of horse polo, started the pachyderm version of the polo with fellow enthusiast Jim Edwards.

In the same year, the World Elephant Polo Association was formed at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the then Royal Chitwan National Park in the southwest of Nepal.

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The sticks used in the game are made of bamboo and have a standard polo mallet on the end. This unusual game had been attracting hordes of foreigners in the jungle safari destination of Chitwan.

Tiger Tops has lately been actively supporting the international movement against animal cruelty. Last July, it stopped elephant-back safaris in a bid to end animal suffering.

Tiger Tops, which has been operating Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge in Nawalparasi, believes the termination of events will not affect prospects of wildlife tourism.

Since Tiger Tops was established before 50 years, it has been pioneering environmentally responsible tourism in Nepal. It took the first steps to establish national parks in Nepal n the 1960s, and shoot tigers with cameras instead of rifles.

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ICC WCL Div II: Nepal suffer 7 runs defeat

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.

After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.

Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.

Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.

After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.

Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.

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Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.

Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.

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