Reshma Bhandari, a star Armed Police spiker

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 16, 2019-

Volleyball star Reshma Bhandari is one of the five nominees in Peoples’ Choice category under the Pulsar Sports Award scheduled for July 2 in Kathmandu.

The 25-year-old is competiting for the People’s Choice honour with footballer Sabitra Bhandari, bodybuilder Maheshwor Maharjan, shuttler Prince Dahal and cricketer Sandeep Lamichhance in the annual award organised by the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum, an umbrella organisation of the sports journalists. The winner will be decided through SMS voting, Facebook likes, points allocated by the national sports association head coach and the NSJF members.

Her volleyball career took off ever since she pursued her academic career at the New Diamond School. The school in known for producing national players. But her career flourished in the real since only after joining the Nepal Armed Police Force Club. She has been instrumental in both the APF’s and national team’s successes.

Bhandari said it was a dream come true having been picked up for the prestigious award. She said: “I had long been looking to get into the shortlist in the award. Now that I have finally been nominated in one of the categories, winning will be a wonderful bonus.”

She never regretted taking up the sport which gave her immense happiness. She believes whatever name and fame she has earned it was possible due to volleyball. Reshma, who resides in Naikap, started playing volleyball while she was a sixth grader. Later she joined New Diamond School which gave her a right platform to develop herself as a good player. She also represented Central Region in the fifth and sixth National Games.

Bhandari recalled joining APF saying: “Coach Kapil Kishor Shrestha told me that APF was forming women’s volleyball team and he invited me to play from the club. I dully joined the club sometime later.” In the past Nepali calendar year, APF claimed 10 titles in 11 tournaments they competed. In the only tournament which they did not win, they ended up as runners-up. She was pivotal in those successes.

She marked her debut for the national team in 2014 during first South Asian Invitational Volleyball Tournament held in Kathmandu. She has never looked back even since. She is equally bright student currently pursuing Bachelors’ degree in management. She feels that her successful journey as a player was possible due to support and love from her fans and family members. She is now looking expectantly towards her fans to vote.

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Published: 16-06-2019 10:17

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