The city has witnessed many major volleyball tournaments in the past and is all set to host the beach volleyball national championships for the first time. The event will be held at the Ramakrishna beach from March 28 to 31.

This will be another occasion to showcase the city as a major sports centre and the championships must be conducted in a successful manner and Visakhapatnam should be in reckoning to conduct a major international event in September, Minister for Infrastructure and Investments and chairman of the organising committee of the championships Ganta Srinivas Rao said at a press conference here on Sunday.

Both Mr. Srinivasa Rao and MLA and patron of the committee U.V. Ramanamurthy Raju said the Chief Minister was keen to develop sports infrastructure and provide all help to the sportspersons. Mr. Raju said the government was constructing an indoor stadium, and an outdoor stadium also if five-acre land is provided, in every Assembly segment.

After the junior men world championship held some years ago, the city was waiting for another major event and the beach volleyball nationals would provide a good fare for the spectators, he said.

Visakhapatnam witnessed its first international event when India played Australia in a volleyball match in 1981 and another match with Japan was organised in 1985, president of District Volleyball Association and former National coach S. Kodandaramiah said. From then on the city hosted several zonal and all-India meets and National championships, the Asian championships and the junior world championship. He was confident that the beach national championships too would be a success.

Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, who is the executive president of the organising committee, assured all help in providing the required infrastructure and other facilities.

Secretary of the organising committee G.V.V. Prasada Raju, Director of Physical Education of Andhra University M. Syambabu, former Olympian and Sports Officer of Visakhapatnam Port Trust M.V. Manikyalu, District Sports Development Officer N. Surya Rao and convenor Ramanaiah were present.

  • India played Australia in a volleyball match in 1981 in Visakhapatnam

  • Since then several zonal and all-India meets have been held in the city