KATHMANDU, May 11: Nepal national volleyball team open spiker Man Bahadur Shrestha’s rise as a professional player has put the national prodigy among the top candidates to win the upcoming People’s Choice Award in Pulsar Sports Award slated for May 17.
The announcement of volleyball as national sports of Nepal brought good cheers to Shrestha as he was named captain of the departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club at the beginning of 2017.
He led Army to three domestic titles last year. He won the best player award in Nepal Sports Council’s National Volleyball Championship 2017.
He further added another best player award to his name in NVA National Volleyball held later that year along with the winner’s trophy for his team Tribhuvan Army.
In the third title campaign for his team the same year, he won the best spiker award.
Man Bahadur Shrestha continued his rise in Nepali volleyball with instrumental performance in international volleyball friendlies against Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Macau.
Man Bahadur’s rise as a successful volleyball player from Nawalparasi has caught imagination of many youngsters and observers as a success story that can inspire a livelihood from comparatively inferior sports within the country.
His popularity among youths of the nation as a flag bearer of national sports of the country might prove to be the major deciding factor for upcoming people’s choice awards.
Nepal Sports Journalists Forum is organizing the NSJF Pulsar Sports Award at the Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Club on May 18.
The award ceremony will feature eight categories — Male, Female, Youth, Coach, People’s Choice, Para-athlete, Special and Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners of the male, female, people’s choice and coach will get Bajaj Pulsar NS160 motorbike each, while other winners will get Rs 50,000 each.
As per the agreement, Hansraj Hulaschand and Co Pvt Ltd will provide the NSJF with one million rupees in cash and four Bajaj Pulsar motorbikes.