Beach Volleyball News

Kozhikode, Kerala, India, December 18, 2015 – Maldives crashed out from the AVC Continental Cup Central Zone Beach Volleyball Championships in Kerala, India after going down both in the men’s and women’s competitions on the first day of the three-day tournament.

Contesting the quarter-finals, where only the winners will advance to the Saturday’s semi-finals, hosts India walked over Pakistan, with Sri Lanka powering past Maldives in straight sets in the men’s event, while Nepal pulled off a hard-fought win over Maldives in the women’s competition.

Boosted by a large crowd of local spectators, India, missing two players who played in Maldives in January to beat Pakistan in the deciding golden match, walked away with the 2-0 win (India A beat Pakistan A 21-0 21-0 and India B beat Pakistan B 21-0 21-0) over the same rivals. According to the organisers, Pakistan could not show up at the competition courts for undisclosed reasons.

With the win, hosts India next challenge formidable Iran in the Saturday’s semi-finals.

In the other quarter-final encounter, Sri Lanka performed superbly to beat Maldives A and B teams for a convincing 2-0 victory. Sri Lanka A’s Kumara Asanka/Ekanayake Pabudu Kumara struggled to beat Maldivians Ahmed Anil Naseer/Abdul Waahid Shiunaz 21-17 23-21 to help Sri Lanka take an initial 1-0 lead. In the second match, Sri Lanka Yapa Sashimal/Chinthaka Sujeewa proved too strong for Abdul Hameed Adnan/Naseem Adam to beat Maldives B in comfortable straight sets 21-16 21-9 for the Sri Lanka’s eventual 2-0 win over Maldives. Sri Lanka advanced to the semi-finals, where they are due to take on Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Maldives suffered another blow in the women’s event when they lost 0-2 to Nepal to be eliminated from the competition. Nepal A’s Budhathoki Binita/Bhandari Reshma beat Shaffa Aishath/Rashidha Hawwa 21-17 21-19 to give Nepal a 1-0 advantage before the Choudhary sisters, Saraswoti and Nebika, faced a daunting task in their match against Areesha Nminath/Majidha Aishath to overpower the tough Maldivian pairing 21-18 22-20 and help Nepal pack off Maldives 2-0. Nepal next go up against Kazakhstan in the first women’s semi-final clash, while the other semi-finals see India play Sri Lanka.

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