ISLAMABAD - Defending champions Wapda retained the 11th National Women Volleyball Championship title after thrashing HEC 3-0 in the final played here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Friday.

Hosts Islamabad earned the third position as they beat Punjab 3-1. PSB-backed POA president Maj Gen (r) M Akram Sahi graced the occasion as chief guest.

A total of 10 teams dived into two pools participated in the event which was organised by the Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF). Wapda started the final on a high note, as they dominated the HEC and did not allow their rivals to stage comeback.

Speaking on the occasion, Gen Sahi congratulated the volleyball federation for holding such a healthy event. “Though the girls played well and displayed a good show yet they need proper grooming and training to further excel in this sport. Wapda players performed exceptionally well, that’s why they came on top in the event.”

He said after Army, Wapda was working very hard for the promotion of different sports. Players needed to be provided with suitable jobs and the DCO’s had to take steps to promote sports at district level, he added. “We have informed the IOC about the POA affairs in detail and now it is up to the IOC and the PSB to define who is real representative of the POA and the issue hopefully will be resolve in the current month once for ever,” he said.

PVF president Zaffar Abbas Lak said: “We are working on streamlining the affairs on district, divisional and provincial levels to find talent from small towns and cities which can be groomed and turn into best in business, we are planning to hold junior championship in Nankana Sahib named after Guru Nanank. We will also hold Beach Volleyball Championship in Karachi in December and in January, we will organise Madr-e-Millat Women Volleyball Championship of Rs 100,000 prize money. We will also send team for participation in the SAARC Championship.”

The chief guest awarded Rs 25,000 along with winning trophy to Wapda captain and Rs 15,000 to the runners-up and Rs 10,000 to Islamabad.