Hosts Bangladesh had to be satisfied with finishing fourth among five teams in the Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship after suffering a straight 3-0 sets defeat to Kyrgyzstan in a place-deciding match at the Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Bangladesh, who beat Kyrgyzstan by 3-2 sets in a group-stage match on Wednesday, failed to put up any resistance in the third-fourth deciding match as the girls in red and green conceded 13-25, 14-25 and 12-25 set defeats against the Central Asian nation, who subsequently finished third in the inaugural meet.
On the other hand, Nepal emerged as unbeaten champions after thrashing Maldives by 3-0 sets in the final. Nepal, who also beat Maldives by an identical margin in a group-stage match, notched 25-13, 25-12 and 25-8 set points to claim the victory.
“It is a historic moment for us because volleyball has recently been declared the national sport of Nepal and it is the first trophy for Nepal in volleyball since the announcement. I think this success will boost the confidence of the girls for the upcoming SA Games in Nepal,” said Nepal coach Jagodish Prasad after the match.
Agriculture minister Abdur Razzak distributed prizes among the winners while Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary general Syed Shahed Reza, Ilias Uddin Mollah MP, Bangladesh Volleyball Federation president and Dhaka City Corporation (North) mayor Atiqul Islam among others, werepresent on the occasion.