Prajwal Oli’s AIPS Best Column award celebrated in Nepal
Prajwal Oli decorated by the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum on his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Friday, February 7, 2020. (Photo by NSJF)
Prarambha Dahal - NSJF Member
KATHMANDU, February 7, 2020 - Soon after Prajwal Oli won the top prize in the Writing Best Column category of the AIPS Sport Media Awards on February 3 in Budapest, Hungary, he received compliments from the Ministry of Sports in Nepal. But there were more plaudits in store for the Nepali sports writer.
Nepal Sports Journalists Forum and representatives of Nepal National and International Players Association were at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Friday to welcome the victorious Oli, who was first greeted with traditional Nepali music before being felicitated at the office of the NSJF.
Oli, who won the Best Column award for his article “Nepal barely plays 50 different sports, but hosts nearly 200 sports associations” published in the Kathmandu Post, shared his experience with Nepali sports Journalists at a special programme organized at the NSJF office upon his arrival.
“This award belongs to each and every member of NSJF and my editorial team at the Kathmandu Post,” Oli said. “While I never imagined that the article would win this award, I am certain that my Nepali sports journalist friends would do better than this in days ahead.”
In his address, NSJF President Durga Nath Subedi said: “Oli's achievement is an inspiration for all of us here. His months long dedication in coming up with the article, the patience and persistence he exhibited and his desire to come up with something beyond the mainstream is a lesson for all of us.”
Members of the NSJF congratulated Oli on his success and also requested for sessions that will be focused on how to come up with stories that could make a difference for the Nepali sports sector and the nation at large.
“NSJF takes this historic achievement as a great opportunity for Nepali sports Journalists,” Subedi said while adding, “We will now work with the AIPS and the stakeholders in Nepal to organize seminars that would help our sports journalists to improve their skills so that we can cover better stories in future.”
Oli also received congratulatory messages from the member secretary of the National Sports Council and the National Olympic Committee president among others.