Bangladesh women’s volleyball team will resume international activity after a long break when they will take on Afghanistan in the maiden Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bangladesh women’s team last played an international game two years back, when they took part in a three-team invitational international tournament in Nepal and the country’s women’s volleyball scene has remained largely inactive since 2013.
Kyrgyzstan will face Maldives in the opening match of the six-day long championship at the Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on the same day. Nepal are the other team in the competition.
Top two teams will qualify for the final scheduled to be held at the same venue on November 14. Third and fourth placed teams will play a place-deciding match on the same day.
Bangladesh will take on Maldives, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan on November 10, 12 and 13 respectively in their next three matches.
Bangladesh Volleyball Federation hoped that this meet would be a perfect preparation for the women’s team for the forthcoming South Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Nepal from December 1.
‘We formed a women’s wing committee to reform women’s national team. We hope to resume our journey in women’s volleyball through this tournament... We know our position. It will definitely help us for better preparation ahead of the SA Games,’ said BVF secretary Ashiqur Rahman Miku during a press conference on Thursday.
Miku also informed that the federation gathered some former national players as organisers to reform the national women’s team and they have been in training for three months.
The players were picked from inter-district women’s volleyball tournament and an open tournament.
Bangladesh captain Sahida Parveen vowed to reach the final of the tournament.
‘We want to play well and hope to reach the final,’ she said.
Bangladesh coach Golam Rasul Mehedi was happy with his charges’ performance during a practice match against Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday.
‘It’s a new team but they looked good today [Wednesday],’ he said.
Central Asian Zonal Volleyball Association secretary general Kylych Sarbagishev thanked BVF for organising the meet.
‘We decided to introduce the women’s tournament in August and Bangladesh responded quickly to host the event. Not all countries are much interested in women’s sports... I want to thank Bangladesh,’ said Kylych.
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