Volleyball Championship starts today
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
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