Five countries - Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and host Bangladesh – will be participating in the six-day meet, which is the first ever international women’s volleyball tournament in the Asian central zone region, and also the first international women’s volleyball tournament hosted by Bangladesh
Bangladesh are all set to resume their journey in the international arena after a long break through the first ever Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship, starting Saturday at Shaheed Sohrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
Five countries - Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and host Bangladesh – will be participating in the six-day meet, which is the first ever international women’s volleyball tournament in the Asian central zone region, and also the first international women’s volleyball tournament hosted by Bangladesh.
All the participating teams are scheduled to arrive in the capital by Thursday.
“Apart from a three-team invitational tournament in Nepal two years ago, there was almost no activity of women’s volleyball since 2013. We formed a women’s wing committee in order to reform the women’s national team. We hope to resume our journey in women’s volleyball through this tournament,” said Bangladesh Volleyball Federation general secretary Ashiqur Rahman Miku at a press conference Thursday.
Kylych Sarbagishev, secretary general of Central Asian Zonal Volleyball Association, said, “There are 14 countries in central zone. The men’s volleyball tournament is regular but it was only in August we decided to introduce the women’s tournament and Bangladesh responded quickly to host the event. Not all countries are much interested in women’s sports but it is growing and I hope it will be more competitive in the next years. I want to thank Bangladesh on behalf of Asian Volleyball Confederation.”
Miku also informed that the federation gathered some former national players as organizers to reform the Bangladesh women’s team.
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“The team have been training for only three months, which is not enough with a set of new players. Even if they perform average it will be enough for us regardless of results because it will be their first international tournament,” said Miku.
The players, who were picked up from inter-district women’s volleyball tournament and an open tournament, have their eyes fixated on the 13th South Asian Games, starting on December 1 in Nepal.
“We will know our position through this tournament, and it will definitely help us prepare better ahead of the SA Games,” sdded Miku.
Bangladesh played a practice match with Kyrgyzstan Thursday afternoon and women’s team head coach Golam Rasul Mehedi was happy with the performance of the new team.
“It’s a new team but they looked good,” said Rasul.
Bangladesh will begin their campaign against Afghanistan in the opening day after the tournament is inaugurated by chief guest, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Kyrgyzstan face Maldives in the first match of the day.
The top two finishers will play the final next Thursday.