Dhorpatan Club, Gorkha Brewery sign deal

Kathmandu, January 2

Dhorpatan Club and Gorkha Brewery Pvt Ltd signed a three-year sponsorship agreement for the Red Bull Dhorpatan UM Women’s Volleyball Double League Championship.

The 13th edition of the championship is slated for January 18 to February 2 at the New Buspark courts. Club President Manbir Chhantyal and Gorkha Brewery’s Marketing Manager Indra Regmi signed the Memorandum of Understanding today. As per the agreement, Gorkha Brewery will provide Dhorpatan Club with Rs 3.3 million in three years — Rs 1.1 million per year in cash and kind. Gorkha Brewery’s Red Bull will be the main sponsor of the championship.

“The company has assured that the amount could be increased in coming years based on the success of the tournament,” said Club President Chhantyal. A total of 12 teams — Nepal APF Club, Nepal Police Club, Tribhuvan Army Club, Shivam New Diamond Academy, New Diamond Sports Club, Tops Higher Secondary School, Eastern Regional Volleyball Association, Paramount High School, Springdale English School, Shree Gaun Sports Development Committee, Meghauli Sports Foundation and Three Star Academy — will compete in the event.

According to Chhantyal, top seven teams of the first round will qualify for the second league. The winners of the league will earn Rs 325,000, while the runners-up will get Rs 170,000 and second runners-up bag Rs 80,000. Likewise, teams finishing from fourth to seventh positions will receive Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.

Similarly, tournament’s best player, rising player, player-of-the-year and player-of- the-series along with one lucky spectator will get UM Powermax scooter each, sponsored by IME Automotives Pvt Ltd. Also, the best coach, lifter, spiker, blocker, quicker, defender and server will get Rs 5,000 each.

Chhantyal also informed that teams from Kathmandu valley will be get Rs 26,000 as preparation money, while teams from out of the valley will receive Rs 70,000. The participating teams can have four foreign players in the squad but only three players will be allowed to play at a time.

Meanwhile, Nepal Volleyball Association President Manoranjan Raman Sharma handed over net and balls to Chhantyal to conduct the tournament.

NVA General Secretary Jitendra Bahadur Chand urged the organisers to consider the seven national-level clubs for the league from next edition.