Displaying exceptional skills, India paralympic volleyball team defeated Sri Lanka in the inaugural match of the 2nd Para-Volleyball India-Sri Lanka Peace Tournament (Standing), organised by the Paralympic Volleyball Federation of India (PVFI) in association with Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports here at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium yesterday.
With registering 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, India has led the two-match series 1-0. The final match will be played today at 2:30 pm at Chamundi Vihar Stadium.
From the word go, Indian spikers looked in attacking mood which proved bit difficult for Sri Lankan players. In the first set, Indian team with good attacking skills from Rajesh and skipper Nishanth and setter Muthu managed to win the set by 25-18. Later in the second and third sets Indian team continued to dominate by winning both the sets 25-17 and 25-17.
For Sri Lanka, though skipper Demuni Sugath Dammika De Soyza and his deputy Kottawa Gamage Ranjith Jayarathna came out with good setting and attacking skills, they didn’t make any impact to tame the host team which, throughout the game, looked under control.
Prior to the inaugural match, K Suresh, Assistant Director, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, had said, “The government through the proposed sports policy is coming out with various welfare programmes for physically challenged. Once the sports policy comes out, there will be great advantage not only for general sports persons but also for physically challenged”.
Result: India beat Sri Lanka 25-18, 25-17, 25-17.