Nepali National Cricket Team captain Paras Khadka has won the best male player of the year as judo’s Sunita Bohora was adjudged the best female player of the year under the Pulsar Sports Awards 2014.
In the award distribution programme organised by Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) in the capital on Monday, volleyball's Saraswoti Chaudhary was announced the most popular player of the year.
Meanwhile, the forum also felicitated the veteran athlete Baikuntha Manandhar with lifetime achievement award while cricketer Sarad Veswakar was honoured with a special award and Yadav Kunwar with para-athlete of the year.
Similarly, footballer Bimal Gharti Magar was awarded with youth player of the year. Swimmer Sirish Gurung, wushu’s Bishal Thapa, cricketers Sompal Kami and Avinash Karn were the other nominees for the same award.
Cricket sector dominated the award floor as Nepal’s National Cricket Team coach Pubudu Dassanayake was adjudged the best coach of the year. Dassanayake overcame football’s coach Balgopal Maharjan, volleyball’s Kapil Kishor Shrestha, wushu’s Yuvaraj Gurung and judo’s Rishiram Pradhan.
On the same occasion, the National Cricket Team was also honoured amid a function for their magnificent performance in the international cricket. The team had qualified for the World T20 Cricket 2014 held in Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasion, Khadka thanked the organiser of the award NSJF, sponsors and supporters. He said such award is vital to the players.
Expressing his hope to play every World Cups, Khadka assured to give full effort to uplift the cricket.
Khadka, Bohora and Chaudhary also bagged a pulsar bike each while other winners were awarded with Rs 50,000 each along with trophies.