KATHMANDU, June 20: Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) on Sunday announced the date for the Pulsar Sports Award 2072 and also signed a five-year contract extension with main sponsor Hansraj Hulaschand and Company Pvt Ltd.
Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu, NSJF President Mahesh Acharya informed that the award ceremony will be held on July 21 in Kathmandu.
The organizer informed that it will award sports personalities in various eight categories - male and female player of the year, youth player of the year, coach of the year, popular player, best para-athlete, special award and lifetime achievement award.
The winners of male and female player of the year and popular player of the year will get a Pulsar motorbike each along with other prizes, while winners in the remaining categories will each receive Rs 50,000.
Meanwhile, Acharya informed that NSJF has formed various sub-committees to make the award ceremony a grand success.
“We have formed various committees for the award ceremony and one of them is players' selection committee which will be responsible for nominating players and other sports personalities in various categories,” said Acharya.
According to Acharya, the estimated cost of the event is Rs 3 million.
NSJF is holding the annual sports event after one year gap owing to the devastating earthquake of last year which claimed more than 9,000 lives.
“We did not want to celebrate at the time when the country was in pain due to the devastating earthquake. So we decided to postpone the award ceremony and also the chief sponsors suggested the same,” added Acharya.
NSJF signs five-year contract extension with Pulsar
In the same program, NSJF President Acharya and Hansraj Hulaschand's Executive Director Shekhar Golchha signed a five-year contract extension for the award as chief sponsor. The company, the authorized distributor of Bajaj Pulsar motorbike in Nepal, has been sponsoring the award for the last seven years.
As per the contract, Hansraj Hulaschand will provide support worth Rs 1.5 million and the award will be named Pulsar Sports Award.
“The annual award being organized by NSJF is the best stage program in Nepal and the company is happy to renew its association for such program. The award has also contributed in increasing the business of Pulsar motorbike in the country,” said Golchha, who also promised to increase sponsorship amount each year.
Describing sports as the tool of unity in the country, Golchha also urged the government to increase investment in the sector. “The government should invest on sports because it has united people from all corners. The private sectors also need to support sports,” added Golchha.