The franchise-based tournament titled ‘Aadhi Aabadi Women’s Volleyball League’ is a joint initiative of the Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA) and Aadhi Aabadi Foundation, an India-based NGO.
The first edition of the tournament, a round robin league, has been scheduled for October 1-6, 2018.
The first league will see the participation of three departments such as Nepal Police Club, Tribhuvan Army Club and Armed Police Force (APF), along with other teams-Kathmandu Queens, Chitwan Tigress and Pokhara Pinkage.
Each of these teams can sign four overseas players and can only field three at a time.
According to NVA General Secretary Jeetendra Bahadur Chand, the tournament will be offering a whopping cash prize of Rs 600,000 to the champions, Rs 300,000 to the runners-up, Rs 1.5 lakh for the third position, and a bike along with Rs 50,000 cash for the ‘best player’.
NVA President Manoranjan Raman Sharma and the Aadhi Aabadi CEO Dinesh Kumar Singh signed a MoU for organizing the tournament for 10 years.
Under the deal, NVA will get Rs 1.5 million annually and the Foundation will also offer budgetary support through various sponsors to run the tournament, besides providing sports kits such as mats, referee stand and pole cover.
Singh informed that they are organizing the tournament considering the sport’s potential in Nepal and hoped that the tournament will offer needed boost to Nepal’s volleyball players.