Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship starts today

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD —The 49th ABL Na­tional Se­nior Men’s Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship will be staged here at the Liaquat Gym­na­sium of the Pak­istan Sports Com­plex from May 12 to 18.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence here at the Pak­istan Sports Com­plex, Pak­istan Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PVF), Chair­man Ch. Yaqoob said a to­tal of 14 teams will par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“Teams from Pak­istan Army, Pak­istan Navy, Pak­istan Air Force (PAF), Pak­istan WAPDA, Pak­istan Po­lice, Pak­istan Rail­ways, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC), POF Wah, Balochis­tan, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Pun­jab, Sindh, FATA, Azad Jammu and Kash­mir will fea­ture in the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

He said we will also re­quest Pak­istan Army and Po­lice to hold COAS and IJ vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments. He said the rank­ing of Pak­istan has dropped from 46th to 55th but hope­fully we will re­gain it.

“Tal­ent hunt pro­grams, camps, pro­vi­sional, na­tional etc. will be or­ga­nized to re­gain our po­si­tion back,” he said.

He said PTV will live tele­cast the semi fi­nals and fi­nal of the event. “Our main tar­get is to qual­ify for the World cham­pi­onship,” he said.

The draws will be taken out at the venue in the pres­ence of the man­agers of all par­tic­i­pat­ing teams. The semi-fi­nals of the 49th edi- tion of the cham­pi­onship will be held on May 17 and the fi­nal on May 18.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­ter Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­na­tion (IPC) Riaz Hus­sain Pirzada will be the chief guest at the clos­ing cer­e­mony. The event will be in­au­gu­rated by IPC sec­re­tary Mo­ham­mad Ali Gardezi.

The PVF of­fi­cial said Pak­istan would par­tic­i­pate in the Asian Un­der-20 Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships to be held in Taipei from July 9 to 17.

The 5th Asian Beach Games in Viet­nam (Septem­ber 24 to Oc­to­ber 3 this year) is the sec­ond in­ter­na­tional event, in which Pak­istan’s se­nior team will take part. He said the PVF was also plan­ning to or­gan­ise a na­tional league in July this year, be­sides hold­ing the na­tional beach event in Karachi in Septem­ber and the na­tional ju­nior cham­pi­onship in Oc­to­ber (venue yet to be de­cided).

“The Na­tional Women’s Cham­pi­onship will be the last event of the fed­er­a­tion this year to be hosted by La­hore in Novem­ber,” he said.

Tahir Yaqoob Bhatti rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al­lied Bank (ABL) who was also present at the oc­ca­sion said vol­ley­ball is be­ing played in around 220 coun­tries. Vol­ley­ball is a very healthy ac­tiv­ity and this event will be full of ac­tion, he added.—APP

HY­DER­ABAD: A view of horse race dur­ing Horse and Cat­tle Show or­ga­nized by Cul­ture and Tourism De­part­ment at By­pass.

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