Despite winning the 67th National volleyball Tournament in January 2019, Karnataka players were barely represented in the auction of the inaugural edition of Pro Volleyball League (PVL) which has already begun.
Shravan Kumar, Indian volleyball player, said, “We are upset because of not getting a chance to perform further. We do not know what the federation has planned for us in the future. But we were looking forward to play in the inaugural edition of the Pro Volleyball League after starting the year on a very high note by winning the 67th National Senior Volleyball tournament.”
“There are just three players from Karnataka who are present in the six teams that are playing in the Pro Volleyball league. They are Ashwal Rai, Kartik, and Raison,” said Nanda Kumar, Secretary of Karnataka Volleyball Association.
Indian volleyball coach, Kumar, said, “The list of players from Karnataka Volleyball Federation in the auction was sent before the National Championship. They were not selected, except for the three who found a place in one or the other teams. We do not have control over the auction; it is their talent and luck which helps them. Also, players are upset due to lack of consideration despite clinching their maiden national championship in January 2019.”
The inaugural edition of Pro Volleyball League consists of 70 players; each of the six teams has 12 players. Also, every team has two foreign players taking part as experienced contenders.
“National Volleyball champions from Karnataka are having a hard time as they blame the inner conflict between the Volleyball Federation of India due to the heated up surrounding” said Shravan Kumar, on being left out despite being the best player in the recently concluded National volleyball tournament in Tamil Nadu.