August 20, 2017 07:51 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, August 19: New Diamond Academy has signed one year sponsorship deal with Shivam Cement Limited on Saturday. New Diamond’s coach Kumar Rai and Shivam’s vice-president Sajan Devkota signed on the agreement paper amidst a signing ceremony in the capital on Saturday.
As part of the agreement, Nepal’s one of the most popular women’s volleyball club will receive Rs 500,000 cash and kits worth Rs 300,000.
According to the agreement, the volleyball club will be named Shivam New Diamond and the Shivam’s logo will appear on the players’ jerseys and kits for a year. Shivam will also sponsor the national level women’s volleyball tournament to be organized by New Diamond.
Shivam Cement’s vice-president Sajan Devkota said that the company was already looking for the long term partnership with New Dimaond despite signing the sponsorship deal for one year only.
“This is just the beginning and we are already looking forward to continue it for many years to come. Hopefully this sponsorship deal will motivate other business organizations to help Nepali sports,” said Devkota. “Without installing the professional set up, Nepali volleyball’s level won’t go up. And for that private sectors also should help this sports.”
New Diamond coach Kumar Rai said that support from Shivam cement would help his team do better in coming days. “Shivam is helping us on the basis of our past performances in the Nepali volleyball. Now we have to take this sponsorship agreement as challenge to do even better in coming tournaments,” said Rai.
On the same occasion, Vice-president of Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA), Ranjan Khadka, said that the agreement between Shivam Cement and New Diamond was an example of private sector’s desire of supporting the good team.
Likewise, NVA’s General Secretary Jitendra Chand said that support to the New Diamond, a club that has produced numerous volleyball talents, from private sector was fruitful for overall Nepali volleyball.
“In the past New Diamond has produced top players like Ramila Tandukar and now it has Pratibha Mali. So private sector helping this club is very positive for overall Nepali volleyball. It also shows Nepali volleyball has bright future,” said Chand.