NSJF unveils Popular PoY nominees

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NSJF unveils Popular PoY nominees

May 1, 2014-

National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka and U-16 football team captain Bimal Gharti Magar were among the five nominees announced by the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) for the Pulsar Sports Award Popular Player of the Year category on Thursday.

Spiker Saraswoti Chaudhary of Nepal APF Club, swimmer Sofia Shah and sprinter Yam Sajan Sunuwar of Nepal Police Club are the other three nominees in the category. The Popular PoY winner will be declared by the joint results from SMS voting and facebook likes.

Every four facebook likes are equivalent to one SMS vote. NSJF on Thursday also signed an agreement with THT live. To vote a player, one needs to type the initials of the names and send it to 3131.

Khadka led Nepal to the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh where he earned national and international recognition with inspirational performance and presentation in the media. He was among the top performers in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers sealing his place in the Best-XI for the second consecutive time. Paras also played pivotal role in earning Nepal a place in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers by helping his team to Division-III title in Bermuda.

The youngest scorer from the national team Gharti Magar,16, scored a famous equaliser against Pakistan during the eighth SAFF Championship. His four goals including a hat-trick helped Nepal qualify for the AFC U-16 Championship finals. He also led Nepal to the SAFF U-16 Championship final scoring six goals including a hat-trick. Gharti Magar — currently on a two-month trial and training with the U-17 team of Belgium’s Anderlecht — also spent two weeks in a trial with Dutch top flight club FC Twente.

Rising volleyball sensation Chaudhary was the key player when APF won five national tournaments. Chaudhary was declared the NVA Cup best player and IGP Cup MVP. She also swept

best player and quicker awards in the Open Volleyball Championship.

Young swimmer Shah set three new national records last year. Sofia set new marks in the 50m and 200m freestyle during the FINA World Championship in Barcelona, while her 100m freestyle national record came during the NSA Cup. She won eight gold medals last year.

Nepal’s fastest man Sunuwar broke 15-year old 100m national record in the 31st National Athletics and also claimed gold in 200m. He won 100m and 200m gold in the National Open Athletics Selection Tournament.

The winner of Popular PoY will ride home a Pulsar motorcycle. NSJF will also announce the nominees of best male, female, youth and coach, while the winners of lifetime achievement, special and para-athlete will be declared directly on June 1.

Published: 02-05-2014 09:08

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