Kantipur Icon ’71 awarded to cricketers

- Post Report, Kathmandu
There may have been some bad things, but there are some good things as well. The icon award is being distributed in order to send a message across that good things too are happening in certain sectors. Sports is the only sector that has been raising hopesKailash Sirohiya, Chairman and Managing Director, Kantipur Media GroupCricket has become one of the most uniting factors in the past few years, and we have inspired children across the country Paras Khadka, Captain, Nepali cricket team

Feb 20, 2016-The Kantipur Foundation, a non-profit wing promoted by the Kantipur Media Group (KMG), on Friday presented the “Kantipur Icon” award to cricket team for their outstanding contribution in the field of sports. 

KMG Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya handed over the biennial award, which carries a purse of Rs2 million, to the national team amid a special function organised to mark the 23rd anniversary of Kantipur Publications on its premises at Subidhanagar in Kathmandu.

The Kantipur Foundation, which seeks to not only provide support to the general public during national disasters, but also works towards making a difference in the society as a whole, is also a part of KMG’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

The foundation had chosen the cricket team for the icon award in February last year.

Though preparations were made to hand over the ‘Kantipur Icon’ award in April last year, the plan had to be deferred in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the country on April 25 and a border blockade. 

During the ceremony, Sirohiya, who is also the chairman of the Kantipur Foundation, said the foundation will honour individuals or organisations that make outstanding contribution to the country and that the Nepali cricket team was one of them. 

“There may have been some bad things, but there are some good things as well. The icon award is being distributed in order to send a message across that good things too are happening in certain sectors. Sports is the only sector that has been raising hopes,” said Sirohiya. A jury panel comprising Professor Lok Raj Baral, former National Planning Commission member Swarnim Wagle, National Human Rights Commission member Mohana Ansari, KMG Chairman Sirohiya, Editor-in-Chief of The Kathmandu Post Akhilesh Upadhyay and Editor-in-Chief of Kantipur daily Sudheer Sharma had unanimously chosen the Nepali cricket team for the “Kantipur Icon” award last year. 

“After a series of discussions, we chose the national cricket team [for the award] for making the country proud,” said Baral, one of the jury members. “The cricket team was chosen for the international acclaim it has brought to the country, for demonstrating collective grit and perseverance against material adversity, and for instilling hope among millions of Nepalis,” reads the citation of the icon award. 

The national cricket team had qualified for the T20 World Cup, the World Cup pre-qualifying stage, and for the World Cricket League Championship in the past two years. “The cricket team has rekindled a new vision of national unity. Each time the team plays an international match, it brings together tens of thousands of Nepalis from across the world in real time on social media,” the citation adds.

After receiving the award, Nepali cricket team Captain Paras Khadka said the recent achievements in Nepali cricket were due to the support and love from Nepalis all around the world. “Cricket has become one of the most uniting factors in the past few years, and we have inspired children across the country,” he said. “But this is not the first and last award for us. We want to do better in future and try to win for the country.”

 

 

 

 

Published: 20-02-2016 08:56

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