Kathmandu, April 10

Nepal Sports Journalists Forum is organising the NSJF Pulsar Sports Award at the Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Club on May 18.

The  award ceremony, like in previous editions, will feature eight  categories — Male, Female, Youth, Coach, People’s Choice, Para-athlete, Special and  Lifetime Achievement Award, informed NSJF Secretary Raju Ghising at a  press meet today.

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.

NSJF  President Mahesh Acharya and Director of Hansraj Hulaschand and Co Pvt Ltd Abhimanyu Golchha signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to renew the deal.

As per the agreement, Hansraj Hulaschand and Co Pvt Ltd will provide the NSJF with one million rupees in cash and four motorbikes, while Bajaj  Pulsar will be the main sponsor of the award event.

Director Golchha said his company was happy to support the award. “We have been associated with the award programme for the last eight years and we will continue it in coming years as well,” said Golchha. “We believe sports is the only sector that unites the country and the Pulsar Sports Award is a perfect platform that provides recognition to the hard works of athletes,” said  Golchha.

He said the country’s sports sector was moving ahead in  positive way. “We have been doing good off late, especially football and cricket have made us proud. Sandeep Lamichhane’s breakthrough in Indian Premier League and the ODI status by the national team are few examples,” he added.

NSJF President Acharya said the award was  being orgasined in May to avoid busy sports calendar this year. “The year is full of national and international events — FIFA World Cup, 18th Asian Games, eighth National Games and 13th South Asian Games — and the NSJF did not want to clash the award with them. And also because we wanted to host the event after the end of the year as per Nepali calendar.”

NSJF General Secretary Prakash Timalsina and former NSJF President and AIPS-Asia Treasurer Niranjan Rajbanshi also highlighted the importance of the award in Nepali sports sector.