KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Dhorpatan Volleyball Club is organizing the 14th Dhorpatan Suzuki Women’s Double Volleyball League Championship from Saturday, without one of the tournament favorite New Diamond Academy. New Diamond had been participating in the tournament from the first edition, but has not yet won the title.
The organizers in a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday announced that the tournament, which will be coordinated by the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA), will run till February 2.
A total of eight teams will take part in the tournament including three departmental sides Armed Police Force (APF) Club, Nepal Police Club and Tribhuvan Army Club along with Western Regional Sports Development Committee of Pokhara, Shree Gaun Sports Development Committee of Dang, Chitwan Tigers, Seb School and Thaha Municipality of Makawanpur.
However, Dhorpatan President Manbir Chhantyal said that the participation of New Diamond Academy isn’t sure yet. “Even we don’t know why New Diamond did not participate in the tournament. I guess they are furious that we did not let them organize their tournament in our ground,’’ Chhantyal said, adding, “So, we have not yet made the tie-sheet. We will finalize the tie-sheet after an official decision from the academy.’’
A New Diamond official said that the team will not take part in the tournament for technical reasons.
Seven teams will qualify for the second round.
The tournament has the main sponsor of VG Auto Mobiles Private Limited and also sponsored by BG Mall Seb School.
Three out of those teams will include foreign players as Western Region, Chitwan Tigers and Seb School have three foreign players each for the tournament.
The winner of the tournament will take home Rs 350,000, while the runner-up will be rewarded with Rs 200,000. Likewise, the third-placed team, the fourth-placed, the fifth-placed, the sixth-placed and the seventh-placed team will earn Rs 100,000, Rs 60,000, Rs 40,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
Similarly, in the individual category, the best spiker, the best libero, the best blocker, the best server, the best setter and the best coach will receive Rs 6,000 each.
Meanwhile, the best player of the tournament along with the rising talent, the best player of the year, the player of the series and one lucky audience will receive a Suzuki scooter each.
The tournament has set a provision of providing the teams from the Kathmandu Valley, who gets to the second round with Rs 28,000 each. Also, if the teams from this category sign foreign players, they will receive an extra Rs 22,000 each.
Similarly, the team from outside the Valley to reach the second round will get Rs 70,000 each, while the teams from this category to sign foreign players will receive Rs 30,000 each.