The Krishna District Volleyball Association (KDVA) has a long and illustrious history of producing around a dozen international spikers, both men and women, who went on to don the Indian colours in different age groups.
As the sporting city of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada has always been on the forefront in shaping quality spikers, thanks to the committed administrators like KDVA secretary Koteswara Rao and Arjuna and Dronacharya awardee A. Ramana Rao. These administrators always look towards summer coaching camps with high anticipation, as it is a platform to identify the future talent. “This year, we have around 20 new players and we are quite sure of retaining at least half-a-dozen for the future,” says Koteswara Rao, a veteran who has dedicated his life for volleyball for over forty years.
Mr. Koteswara Rao says parents have been informed about the various schemes introduced by the Sports Authority of India and the facilities at its academies. “Mostly youngsters from poor and below middle class families get attracted to volleyball as it requires less money to pursue. Many realise that they can make a career out of volleyball by playing for the country,” he points out. “All they need to do is play with passion for two years, and they will certainly get into junior India team. From there it is not that difficult to enter the senior Indian team.”
Players like Arjuna awardee P.V. Ramana, Rajesh, Pradeep and Naima went on to represent India in various international competitions in men's and women's segments.
“Most of the players who represented AP and India were recruited by the Indian Railways, public sector banks, Customs and Excise and Income Tax departments,” Mr. Koteswara Rao says.
Besides Vijayawada, volleyball finds good patronage in places such as Pedamuttevi, Gudivada, Nuzvid, Vuyyuru, Nadigama and Jaggayyapeta.
Mr. Koteswara Rao has approached Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu to create an exclusive enclosure for the volleyball courts at the IGMC stadium to enable the players to play without any interruption. “He has responded positively,” Mr. Rao discloses.