QFs lineup drawn in 65th NSG U-17 Boys Volleyball
JAMMU, Dec 12: Jammu and Kashmir created history by sealing berth in the last eight stage of the prestigious 65th School National Games Under-17 Boys Volleyball tournament, being organized by the Directorate of Youth Services & Sports, under the aegis of school Games Federation of India at Khel Gaon, Nagrota, here.
The championship is being held under the overall supervision of Director General of Sports, Dr. Saleem- Ur- Rehman.
Today in the pre-quarterfinals, J&K boys displayed extraordinary skills and showed serenity, grit and guts to outplay their opponents.
Jammu and Kashmir won the match against Telangana in straight sets 2-0 (27-25, 25-14).
The other teams which have qualified for the quarterfinals include Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan. Now, in the quarterfinals J&K will take on mighty Haryana, Uttar Pradesh will face Tamil Nadu, Gujarat will lock horns with Delhi and Uttarakhand will meet Rajasthan.
Earlier, in pre-quarterfinals played today, Uttarakhand trounced Chhattisgarh 2-0 (25-14, 25-15), Rajasthan defeated Jharkhand 2-0 (25-18,25-14), Uttar Pradesh drubbed KVS 2-0 (25-18,25-18), Delhi outplayed Kerala 2-0 (25-17,25-22), Haryana prevailed over Karnataka 2-0 (25-10,25-14), Tamil Nadu got the better of Punjab 2-1 (25-21,22-25 ,15-09) and Gujarat outclassed Maharashtra 2-0 (25-20,25-17).
Mohd Tariq from the Department of Youth Services and Sports is the coach of the team, while Azhar Ahmed Raina is assisting him.
While talking to Excelsior, Mr Tariq lauded the efforts of the players for holding their nerves in the crunch situations to beat tough opponents.
He said Jammu and Kashmir possesses talented bunch of spikers, however, the need is to hone their skill by providing them proper opportunity and requisite infrastructure.
It is pertinent to mention here that inclement weather conditions have forced the organizers to shift the venue from Khel Gaon Nagrota to Indoor Complex M.A Stadium for quarter final matches which will be played late in the evenings today.
The concluding ceremony of the Championship will be held at new Indoor Sports Complex, MA Stadium at 3 pm tomorrow.