KATHMANDU, July 14: Nepal is expecting to improve its performance in women's volleyball against India in two friendly matches slated for July 28 and 29 at the covered hall of National Sports Council, Tripureshwar in Kathmandu.
Nepal Volleyball Association General Secretary Jitendra Bahadur Chand said that India is top-ranked team in South Asia and playing against the opponent will be helpful for improving the team's performance.
“We did not produce expected results in the 12th South Asian Games. However, the competition taught us a lot and we are working accordingly to improve the team's performance. Playing against India will certainly help us improve our level,” said Chand, who added that the friendly matches will be played on volleyball mats provided by International Volleyball Federation.
During the 12th SAG, Nepali women's team went down to India in straight sets of 3-0. Nepal had also faced 3-0 defeat against the opponent during the First South Asian Invitational Volleyball.
The Nepali team is practicing for the friendlies for the last two weeks at Tripreshwar and coaches Sudesh Kumar Rimal and Prajwal Bahadur Singh are busy honing the skills of the players. NVA member Jyoti KC is looking after the managerial aspect of the team.
NVA gets financial supports
NVA received financial support of Rs 450,000 to host the friendly matches. Former volleyball player and Sher Bahadur Khadka Memorial Foundation President Ranjan Khadka provided Rs 150,000, former member of NVA Binod Subedi supported with Rs 200,000 and NASA International College President Prakash Thapa gave Rs 100,000 during a program held in Kathmandu to inform about the friendlies.
NVA President Manoranjan Raman Sharma said that the event will be a success with the support from the people involved in the field.
Similarly, Khadka said that encouraging women volleyball players is crucial at the moment as the team is doing well on the court.