Kathmandu: Nepal’s national game of volleyball has been in the news throughout the year. In the year 2078, Nepal’s women’s national team achieved the greatest achievement by winning the title of Asian Women’s Central Zone Challenge Cup.
This year, both the men’s and women’s teams of Nepal competed in the Central Zone. While the women’s team remained undefeated defending the title, the men’s team could not reach the medal.
When the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, which was guaranteed to be played by the Nepali women’s team due to Kovid-19, was canceled at the last minute, Nepal was deprived of playing a big competition.
At the beginning of 2078, the Corona epidemic stopped many programs. Sports events were postponed due to the epidemic.
Although there was not much participation at the international level, the discussion of volleyball continued throughout the year. But so far the national game does not have its own separate covered hall.
The only international title Nepali volleyball has won this year is the women’s title in the Central Zone Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championship. This was the only happiness for Nepali volleyball this year.
The women’s team, which won the international title by winning the Central Zone for the first time in Bangladesh in 2019, retained the title this year as well.
Nepal won the only title in the International Volleyball Championship. In the competition held in Mirpur, Bangladesh, the Nepali women’s team performed brilliantly.
As a result, the women’s volleyball team competed with both the men’s and women’s teams and the Nepali women’s team won the title. In the round-robin-based match, Nepal remained undefeated in five games and won the title. The men’s team returned to Nepal finishing fourth out of five teams.
Nepali women’s team won the first match 3-2 against Sri Lanka. They then beat Maldives, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan in straight sets.
In the men’s side, Nepal lost to Bangladesh in straight sets in the first match and then won 3-1 against Uzbekistan in the second match.
After defeating Sri Lanka, Nepal defeated the Maldives and secured the third-place match with Uzbekistan. However, Nepal did not perform well in the decisive match and failed to win the medal after losing to Uzbekistan.
Although there was no big competition at the beginning of the year, after September, programs including domestic competition came into operation.
The 6th NVA Club League Championship was organized by Nepal Volleyball Association NVA in September. In which 14 teams competed for men and 6 for women.
In the men’s championship held at Rakhep’s covered hall, Tribhuvan Army won the men’s title and New Diamond won the women’s title.
On the men’s side, Army defeated Help Nepal 3-1. In Man Bahadur Shrestha of the Army has been declared the best player.
Similarly, New Diamond defeated APF 3-1 in the women’s event. New Diamond’s Pratibha Mali was declared the best female player. Champion Army and New Diamond received the same 4 lakh prizes.
Among the best teams selected from the NVA Club Championship, the NVA Club League could not be held in Chait. Nepal Volleyball Association has announced the date for organizing the club league in April 2079 BS.
The second edition of the Tiger Cup Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Tournament was held in Pokhara in Push as another big competition in domestic volleyball. In the competition dominated by the departmental teams, APF won the women’s title while Army won the men’s title.
On the women’s side, APF defeated Army 3-0 while on the men’s side, Army defeated Help Nepal 3-1.
Similarly, the 8th Prime Minister’s Cup was organized by Banke District Volleyball Association Creative Hands in Nepalgunj. Haryana Sports Club won the title by defeating Haryana Police Club Nepal Police in a straight-set.
After winning the final, Haryana got Rs 500,000 along with the trophy.
Similarly, the competition for men’s volleyball organized by the Far Western Province with the highest prize money so far was completed. The Tribhuvan Army Club won the title in this competition. In which Army defeated Nepal Police Club 3-1 and won the title. The army received a cash prize of Rs 4 lakh.
On the women’s side, New Diamond won the national level women’s volleyball title in Damak and Chitwan. The APF, which has been dominating domestic women’s volleyball for the last time, has not been able to perform well this year. Apart from winning the Tiger Cup, APF remained lackluster in other competitions. AFP did not participate in the Prime Minister’s Cup in Nepalgunj due to a player’s injury.
Captains of the Nepali women’s national team Aruna Shahi and Ghanshyam Chaudhary received the award at the Manoranjan Sharma Award 2078 at the end of the year. After winning the Central Zone title for Nepal, Captain Aruna won the Women’s Player of the Year award and Ghanshyam won the Men’s Player of the Year award. Along with the award, both received Rs 40,000 each.
Similarly, after 10 years in Nepali volleyball, beach volleyball (played in the sand) was organized. Nine teams competed in volleyball organized by Sanjay Smriti Pratishthan at Ranimahal premises in Palpa.
The Nepal Sports and Event Management (NSEM) of the Chaudhary Group, which was supposed to conduct the Nepal Super League Volleyball with the technical assistance of the Nepal Volleyball Association, could not be planned.