Monday, April 15

Captain Aruna Shahi off to Netherlands for training

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Nepali women’s volleyball team captain Aruna Shahi has left for the Netherlands for training.

Shahi got an opportunity to train in the European country at the invitation of the Netherlands Volleyball Association.

Nepal Volleyball Association’s central member Raj Kumar Gurung, Western Regional Volleyball Association’s Hari Shrestha and New Diamond Sports Club’s captain Lalita Nath bade farewell to Shahi amid a recent programme.

This is the first time that Shahi is officially visiting a foreign country for training. She will train in the Netherlands for 35 days.

“I have been playing  as per the instructions of the coaches,” said Shahi, adding, “I have got an opportunity for training as a setter so I’m really excited. This training will be helpful not just for me but for the entire national team.”

Shahi is the most successful captain of Nepali women’s volleyball team. Nepal has won the title of AVC Asia Central Zone twice under her leadership and also secured silver medal in the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal in 2019. It was the first time Nepal’s volleyball team entered the final in SAG history. Prior to that, Nepal had settled for bronze medals in the  SAG three times.

Shahi was announced as the captain of the national team in 2019 after regular captain Binita Budhathoki and Vice Captain Manju Gurung did not get selected in the national team. Under her captaincy, Nepal played three international championships and secured two golds and a silver. Prior to that, the Nepali women’s volleyball team had not secured any medals other than bronze.

Another member of the national women’s volleyball team Pratibha Mali had also trained in the Netherlands five years ago.


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