Kathmandu: The Nepal Volleyball Association(NVA) is hosting the RBB-NVA ‘National Volleyball Club Championship’. The championship would be organised at the covered hall of the National Sports Council (NSC) from January 17-24.
The organizers informed at a press conference that at least 12 teams will participate in the men’s category, while eight clubs will be in the women’s category. The Rashtriya Banijya Bank is the main sponsor and will provide NVA with a grant of Rs. 1.2 million to organize the tournament.
The total prize money of Rs 870,000, the top three teams in both sections will receive Rs 200,000, Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. Similarly, the players of the tournament will get Rs 25,000 each, while the best libero, server, blocker, lifter, spiker and coach will receive Rs 10,000.
NVA General Secretary, Mr Jitendra Bahadur Chand said that the tournament will also serve as the qualifiers for the Club League to be held in April-May. The top eight men’s teams and six women’s sides will qualify for the League. He added-“We have received requests from a couple of district associations to host the tournament and we will decide on the hosts and venue in due course.”
RBB Chairman, Mr Nirmal Hari Adhikari said the bank was ready to coordinate with NVA for various projects to uplift the standard of the game. He added that volleyball is a national sport and ready to join hands with NVA for the overall development of volleyball.RBB Chief Executive, Mr Kiran Kumar Shrestha said the bank was a proud partner of the tournament.
NVA President Mr Manoranjan Raman Sharma thanked the RBB for their generous support. He said-“RBB supported us when we were in dire need of a sponsor and they also increased the amount. The RBB’s support has been crucial in the development of volleyball and we are committed to doing better in the coming years.
The National Sports Development Bill-2075, passed by National Assembly, lawmakers agreed to include volleyball as the national game.