Sam­ste wins the third na­tional vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship 2018

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Three days Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship 2018 to pro­mote vol­ley­ball in the coun­try kicked off on 18th May 2018.

The Bhutan Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion (BVF) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee (BOC) or­ga­nized the Cham­pi­onship at the Changling­methang Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Arena, Thim­phu.

The cham­pi­onship was the big­gest an­nual event con­ducted by the BVF. The team’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Dzongkhags with es­tab­lished Dzongkhag Sport As­so­ci­a­tions (DSAs).

Eight dzongkhags took part in the cham­pi­onship which in­cludes Paro, Chukkha , Pu­nakha, Wang­due Pho­drang, Sam­drup Jongkhar, Samtse, Trashigang and Sarpang Dzongkhags.

From the four­teen DSAs ex­clud­ing Gasa which was af­fil­i­ated on Fe­bru­ary 2018 af­fil­i­ated with the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee, there seems to be the lack of women teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cham­pi­onship.

As per the coach at BVF, Tandin Wangchuk said, “Since the in­cep­tion of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in 2016, our main aim was to en­cour­age and pop­u­lar­ize vol­ley­ball. There weren’t women teams since the be­gin­ning. There are many ca­pa­ble women play­ers and we are en­cour­ag­ing both the gen­ders to come for­ward and par­tic­i­pate in such cham­pi­onships but since women are not as forth­com­ing as the men, there seems to be the lack of women teams. Hope­fully next year we ex­pect women par­tic­i­pa­tion in the cham­pi­onship.”

The cham­pi­onship for­mat was played in league cum knock out. Semi-fi­nals and fi­nals were played on the 20th of May, 2018 which was broad­casted live on BBS 2 from 09:00 AM on­wards.

In the last two edi­tions of the cham­pi­onship, 10 teams took part in the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, the cham­pi­onship has not fea­tured a sin­gle women’s team so far.

The na­tional vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship is one of the few tour­na­ments played on a syn­thetic court in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to Bhutan Vol­ley- ball Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials.

Of the 14 DSAs af­fil­i­ated with Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee, eight teams from Paro, Phuentshol­ing, Pu­nakha, Wang­due, Sam­drupjongkhar, Samtse, Trashigang, and Sarpang-Gele­phu are tak­ing part at the cham­pi­onship.

The open­ing match be­tween Sam­drupjongkhar DSA and Samtse DSA saw Samtse de­feat Sam­drupjongkhar when it won three sets, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-12 of the to­tal four sets.

The three-day long cham­pi­onships is played in league and knock out for­mat where four best teams qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal, which played in a knock out for­mat.

Team from Samtse Sports As­so­ci­a­tion cleared their way to the fi­nals by beat­ing Paro Sports As­so­ci­a­tion in the semi-fi­nals, whereas in the match be­tween Pu­nakha Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and Wang­due Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, Pu­nakha Sports As­so­ci­a­tion paved their way to the fi­nals by beat­ing Wang­due SA in three sets.

Mean­while, in the fi­nals played be­tween Samtse SA and Pu­nakha SA, the crowds roared as their matches be­gan. The match be­gan with a lit­tle luck in fa­vor of Pu­nakha SA in the sec­ond and third sets. How­ever, Samtse SA built their team work and re­vived their po­si­tion in the last two sets, last one set be­ing the de­cid­ing set. Samtse won in the last set (10-15).

Samtse SA stood the winner of the Third Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship 2018 win­ning home the cash prize of Nu. 50,000.

Punkha SA is the run­ners-up win­ning the cash prize of Nu.30, 000.

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