Saraswati Chaudhary of Armed Police Force Club pose with the Manoraman Sharma Award during the award ceremony in Kathmandu on Friday. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, Feb 9: The departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club’s Dhan Bahadur Bhatta and Armed Police Force (APF) Club’s Saraswati Chaudhary won the Manoraman Sharma annual award on Friday.
Bhatta won the award in men’s category and Chaudhary won the women’s category in volleyball. The awards are given by Manoraman Sharma Trust established by Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA) President Manoranjan Raman Sharma in his own name.
In the program, National Sports Council (NSC) Vice President Pitamber Timsina and Sharma, who is also the trust’s treasurer, awarded the departmental duo with Rs 30,000 each.
Bhatta and Chaudhary had also been awarded with the NVA player of the year around two weeks ago.
Earlier, Sharma, who had established the revolving fund and started awarding the players annually, has given continuation to it.
Sharma had established the fund of Rs 1 million in his own name after volleyball was declared as the national game two years ago. Sharma said that he will contribute for the development of volleyball through the trust for years to come.
“I planned to establish the trust to award the players annually,’’ Sharma said. “This will continue in the coming years even though I’m not associated with volleyball.”
NVA General Secretary Jitendra Bahadur Chand addressing the same program said that there is a total of Rs 96,500 in the fund, and Rs 60,000 was spent for the awards. He also added that the fund will be spent for the medical expenses and other facilities to the players.
He further added that they are planning to spend Rs 50,000 to each winning players from the next edition.