Stage set for two-day India-SL para vollyeball

The Paralympic Volleyball Federation of India (PVFI) will be organising 2nd Para Volleyball India-Sri Lanka Peace Tournament (Standing) at the Chamundi Vihar stadium on November 12 and 13.

While the host team is busy sweating it out in the stadium to give its counterpart a tough fight, the Srilankan team will arrive in the city tomorrow. Both teams will have two days for practice before meeting in the inaugural match on November 12 at 4 pm. The second match will be played on November 13.

Speaking to mediapersons on Wednesday, PVFI president H Chandrashekar said that all the preparations have been made and the federation was looking for a good series ahead of the 6th Senior Sitting Para-Volleyball National Championship 2016 (Men) to be held here from December 16 to 18.

The president also said that the federation was working towards identifying women players to constitute a state women Paralympic volleyball team. “We have so far identified 30 women from across the state. Coaching camps are being conducted for them every week,” he said.

Chandrashekar further added that the women players would be trained for upcoming International Paralympic Volleyball Championship to be held in 2020 in Tokyo.

Elaborating on how different it was to coach differently-abled sportspersons, team coach S N Ramesha said that it was challenging to coach differently-abled players as we have to advise them suitable workout keeping in mind their disability. But, he added, all the players were fit and doing well.

PVFI CEO Preetish Agarwal, Vice Presidents N Manjunath and Akash Herenjal and others were present.

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