Bangkok, Thailand, December 30, 2022 – Sri Lanka’s second seeds Chathurika Weerasinghe and Deepika Bandara outperformed Nepalese Kopila Upreti/Kamala Pun in the women’s final showdown to stamp their domination over the 2022 Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) Beach Volleyball Tour Bangladesh at Cox’s Bazar Beach on Thursday.
The exceptional 21-11, 21-11 win in 33 minutes gave the undefeated Sri Lankans, who finished fifth place at this year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the eventual women’s title in the three-day event.
Chathurika and Deepika captured the top spot in Pool B following their 2-0 win against sixth seeds Ezozakhon Sativoldieva/Nasiba Jamolova from Uzbekistan in their first clash and another 2-0 rout of third seeds Asha Most/Khatun Mst Ajmira of Bangladesh in their second match.
The Sri Lankans continued their unbeaten streak to beat fourth seeds Nodira Sultanboeva/Komila Kuchkorova 2-0 (21-8, 21-9) of Uzbekistan in the semifinals and advance to the final clash, where they demolished Nepalese Upreti/Pun 2-0 (21-11, 21-11) for the eventual title. Upreti and Pun downed Sativoldieva/Jamolova of Uzbekistan 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) in the other semifinal match.
In the all-Uzbeks third place playoff clash, Sultanboeva/Kuchkorova brushed off Sativoldieva/Jamolova 2-0 (21-18, 21-10) to return with consolation bronze medal.
Mr Atiqul Islam, President of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation, and Mr Mohamed Latheef from Maldives, President of Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA), jointly presided over the awards presentation on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s fifth seeds Sunar Dil Bahadur/Shrestha Man Bahadur set up the men’s final showdown with Maldives’ second seeds Naseem Adam/Sajid Ismail on Friday, the final day of the Beach Volleyball Tour Bangladesh.
In the semifinals earlier, Nepalese Sunar and Shrestha struggled in the first set to beat Kyrgyzstan’s Medetbek Uulu/Zheenbek Uulu, both of whom competed in the last week’s CAVA Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship in Dhaka, 26-24, 21-13, while Maldivians Adam/Ismail stunned Bangladesh’s top seeds Biswas Horosit/Hossain Smail in a closely-contested match 22-20, 22-20.
Nepal’s Sunar and Shrestha made a clean sweep in Pool A, while Adam/Ismail also did the same in Pool B, but the Maldivian duo fared a bit better as they did not lost a set to their respective rivals en route to the final clash.
On Friday, Sunar and Shrestha will battle it out with…