Post reporter wins best column at International Press Sports Association awardsThe winning story highlighted the haphazard creation of sports associations in the country.
Prajwal Oli, a sports reporter at The Kathmandu Post, has won best column category at the International Sports Press Association's Sports Media Awards. Oli had made it to the top three from among applicants from 180 countries.
Oli’s winning article with the headline, “Nepal barely plays 50 different sports, but hosts nearly 200 sports associations,” was published in the Kathmandu Post last year. The story exposed how dozens of sports that were never played competitively in the country were used to create associations, and had become a vehicle for sports authorities to travel abroad under the guise of competing in international events.
Accepting the award at the award ceremony in Budapest, Oli said that he was 'stunned' to be declared the winner. "I want to thank my entire team at The Kathmandu Post for their support throughout the duration this story was being worked on," he said.
Carlos Matallanas of Spain was the second runner up for his ‘Letter to Rafael Nadal’ published in the AS while Sebastian Ignacio Torok of Argentina won the second place for ‘The notebooks of tennis: Marco Trungelliti, the Argentine who challenged the mafia that fixes matches’ published in La Nacion.
Oli received a winner’s trophy and a cash award of US $8,000.