Nepalese Table Tennis Players Mourn Earthquake Victims

Updated: 27 April 2015 10:31 IST

Nepal table tennis player Elina Maharjan was in tears as she recounted how friends had been killed and injured when the 7.8-magnitude quake pummelled the Himalayan region on Saturday.

Nepalese Table Tennis Players Mourn Earthquake Victims
Nepalese people rest in a makeshift shelter near a road in Kathmandu © AFP

Suzhou, China:

Nepalese players at the World Table Tennis Championships in China mourned victims and fretted about the survivors after the huge earthquake in their homeland which killed more than 3,200 people.

Nepal's Elina Maharjan was in tears as she recounted how friends had been killed and injured when the 7.8-magnitude quake pummelled the Himalayan region on Saturday.

"It's hard to play, I just pray that everyone is safe," she said after losing out in a women's doubles qualifier, according to a press release from organisers.

"Some people I know are hurt, and some friends are dead. It's very painful."

Her doubles partner Nabita Shrestha said: "There could be another earthquake strike at any time and my parents and my family are staying (outside in a tent), so it is quite difficult.

"My old house got destroyed, but thank God nobody was sitting around there."

International Table Tennis Federation president Thomas Weikert spoke to the Nepalese players and offered his condolences, according to the ITTF release.

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