POKHARA, Nov 28: Five-time champion Gyanu Baba Higher Secondary School of Pokhara has boycotted the eighth edition of Dhorpatan Women´s Double League Volleyball Tournament to begin from Thursday at New Buspark, Gongabu.
Accusing the organizer of naming it runner up despite winning the title in the last edition, Gyanu Baba decided to withdraw from the event. "We decided to boycott the event to express our dissatisfaction," said Krishna Gurung, the founder principal of Gyanu Baba.
"In the last edition of the event, Nepal Police Club and we (Gyanu Baba) had a tie. As per the tournament regulation, the winner should be declared on the basis of the number of games won. But Police was declared the winner on the basis of points," said Gurung, whose side boycotted the prize distribution function.
Manju Gurung, national player and a key player of Gyanu Baba echoed Gurung. "The organizer was biased. Hence, we won´t compete in the current edition."
Meanwhile, Dhorpatan Club´s President Manbir Chhantyal denied the allegations.
"We declared the winner on the basis of the rule of International Volleyball Association (FIVB)," said Chhantyal. He also claimed that Gyanu Baba did not participate in the tournament as it is in a poor shape now. "They came up with a poor show in Women´s National Volleyball held five months ago in the capital.”
The event will feature a total of nine teams. The event carrying the highest cash prize in Nepali volleyball will see the winner taking home Rs 225,000 and runner up Rs 115,000.
Teams finishing in the top six positions will be given cash prizes. The estimated cost of the event is Rs 3.25 million.