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India to host first World championship

Sports Reporter

HYDERABAD: India will host the first-ever World championship in volleyball when 12 teams will vie for honours in the World volleyball championship for junior men (under-21) to be held in Visakhapatnam at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium from August 6 to 14, according to S. Kodanda Ramaiah, President of AP Volleyball Association, who announced this here on Saturday.

Mr. Ramaiah informed that the teams were split into two Pools — Pool `A' comprising Serbia & Montenegro, India, Cuba, Russia, Morocco and Korea and Pool `B' which will have Iran, Tunisia, USA, Netherlands, Brazil and Germany. He said the International Federation (FIVB) had allotted the event to Vizag after the successful conduct of the qualifying rounds in 2003.

"The facilities and the Government support in making that event a big success was primarily responsible in getting the World championship also," he added.

The APVA president expressed gratitude to former Chief Minister N. Janardhana Reddy for being at the forefront and ensuring that APVA would not face any problems in hosting the event costing about Rs.3.5 crores. Daily there will be a minimum of three matches. Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will be the chief patron of the event.

Mr. Ramaiah also said that a four-member delegation comprising Messrs N. Srikanth, executive director of VMC, A. Ramana Rao, Dronacharya award winner and tournament director, S. Rama Rao, member of the organising committee and N. Ram Kumar, chief coordinator of the event, would be visiting Geneva to make an audio-visual presentation to FIVB on May 1 about the preparedness of the host in conducting the event.

"Even if the FIBV issues any fresh guidelines on the organisational front, we will be ready for it ," the APVA chief asserted.

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