A player would be called the very best just when s/he passes hurdles one after another. However the story of 13th South Asian Games (DROOP) twin gold medalist Manday Kaji Shrestha is various. He not only needed to pass the obstacle of his expert profession however also win the battle versus his luck.

The dedicated player took numerous tests before he ultimately turned into one of the best Nepali karate players of all time. Had he not waited patiently for many years, he would have been another player who left the ring undetected.

But Shrestha achieved the historical mark when he ended up being the first Nepali karateka to bag double gold medals in the regional sports meet held last year from December 1 to 10 in the country. He clinched gold medals in the individual and team kata events.

Remembering the previous occurrences of the 36-year-old as a player, even luck was not by his side. Whenever he got close to any accomplishment, it wandered away. Nearly one and a half years back, while he was a member of the nationwide karate team, he was axed from last selection for the 2006 DROOP.

He remained in the Nepali team for the 2010 SAG and even travelled with the team to Dhaka. Sadly, he needed to return home without a medal. Of the 11 Nepali karatekas, just 10 were permitted to complete and Shrestha was the 11th gamer. “It was actually a bitter experience and I sobbed all the method back home,” he remembers.

The next edition of the Games, held in 2016 in India, hurt not simply for him but the entire karate fraternity. The organisers ditched karate from the Games owing to an infighting in the Indian karate body.

But amid uncertainty and last hour rush, the 13th DROOP took location in Nepal last year and it was an ideal chance for Shrestha to prove himself at the home ground. He left no stone unturned to get the historic gold medals. Having invested more than twenty years in the game considering that he used up karate when he was just 10, his achievement last year brought him acknowledgment as one of the most successful karatekas of the nation.

“Now I have transformed into a brand-new Manday Kaji. Perseverance, effort and household support are crucial to my success,” stated the local of Madhyapur, Thimi who also protected gold and bronze in the South Asian Karate Championship held last year in Bangladesh and silver in Thailand Open.

For his accomplishment and popularity in the past year, Shrestha has actually been nominated for individuals’ choice category of the annual Pulsar Sports Award to be held on January 12. Volleyball captain Aruna Shahi, basketball captain Sadina Shrestha, football’s Sabitra Bhandari and swimmer Gaurika Singh are the other candidates of the classification. The winner among them will be chosen on the basis of votes received through eSewa, Facebook likes, votes from organiser Nepal Sports Reporters Online forum members and primary coaches of sports associations.