Hyderabad: Keen to boost the game in the State, the Telangana Volleyball Association (TVA) has decided to host the 66th Senior National championship in January.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Manoj Reddy, secretary of TVA, said they will hold the nationals at SATS Indoor Stadium in Gachibowli. “We initially thought it to hold it from January 7 next year but since it is clashing with Premier Badminton League (PBL), we may have to postpone the dates.”
Reddy said the senior nationals will be held for the first time here after the State formation. “It is a prestigious tournament and the players from this premier meet will be selected to the Indian Volleyball League, which will be conducted in March/April next year. The probables for the Asian Games both for men and women will also be selected.”
The secretary was hopeful that the nationals will revive the game in the state. “Let us be honest, for various reasons, the standard of the game has come down in the state when compared to other states. We need to take the game back to its pristine glory.”
He agreed that game needs a big facelift in the state, particularly in the city, to meet the challenge. “We are trying to conduct the Telangana Volleyball League (TVL) on the lines of IPL instead of the age-old tournaments like A, B and C Divisions. We will have players both from junior and senior levels. Some players from the neighbouring states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu Karnataka will also participate to give it a competitive edge to the tournament. In the inaugural year it could be held in Hyderabad and subsequently in other districts annually. If we conduct in districts we will able to get huge crowds.”
Reddy said that there are plans to conduct Hyderabad Volleyball league also.
He pointed out that there is no shortage of talent in the State. “We need to nurture the talent and give them the right direction. It is sad there is no seriousness for the game. Sports For All, a tournament which will be held for schools, is one platform from where we can spot young talent. That is the reason I am volunteering to help them in conducting the volleyball event.”
He further said the association is trying to promote the game despite serious financial constraints. “I have been talking to Loyola College, Aga Khan Institution to encourage the game.” The game, according to Reddy, has become very fast. “There is now more emphasis on speed and power. The change is good for the game as we have more television audience.”