Hyderabadi represents India at the International Volleyball Championship

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Hyderabad: City volleyball player Shaik Abdur Razzak represented India in the Indo-Nepal International Championship which recently ended in Nepal.

Born on December 23, 2000, Razzak is pursuing his final year of B.Com at Loyola Academy in Alwal. A resident of Secunderabad, he is one of 12 players who represented the National Sports and Education Development Federation (NSEDF) at the tournament held May 16-20 in Nepal’s Pokhara region.

Expressing his pleasure for his achievement, Razzak said, “Alhamdulillah, it is a great experience to have represented the country in India-Nepal Championship 2022.”

“To get a medal for India for the first time in 8 years is even more special,” he exclaimed.

Sharing details of the tournament, Razzak said, “There were 12 teams from across Asia in the competition.” India were placed in Group A along with Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Group B consisted of China, Thailand, Khazakastan, Hong Kong, Qatar and South Korea. The Indian team was represented by players from Delhi, Haryana, Jammu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Other players who represented India at the tournament were Kanishk, Suraj and Ashu from Delhi. Tushar, Tarun and Dipanshu made the cut of Haryana. Karthik and Deepak are from Jammu, Nikhil from Uttar Pradesh and Harry from Punjab.

Speaking to Siasat.com, Razzak’s father Shaik Yousuf said: “He plays as a setter and is responsible for attacking strategy for his team.”

A setter is in charge of the team’s attack. They aim to receive the second touch, setting it for an attacking player. Therefore, they must have effective communication skills to direct the offense and make quick decisions on the pitch.

It is supposed to identify the opponent’s blockers and spot the weakest among them. Since they can play up front or from the back, setters must be prepared to block, dig in and receive a serve in defense.

The NSDEF team

In the past, Razzak represented Ranga Reddy district in volleyball tournaments organized by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) in the year 2015-16. The athlete secured admission to a hostel run by Sports Authority of India (SAI) for volleyball trials in 2017. He further added that ISC officials were impressed with Razzak’s performance during the tests.

“He also represented his college in inter-collegiate fixtures in 2018-19 and 2019-20, the team emerged victorious in both editions,” Yousuf said.

Shedding light on the training regimen, the dad said: “I trained Razzak myself with an emphasis on running and jumping.” He went on to say, “Coach Sandeep Reddy from Loyola Academy was also instrumental in keeping Razzak in good shape.”

Speaking about his own background, Yousuf said, “I was employed in the retail industry before the COVID-19 outbreak. Now I work as a contractor dealing with electrical equipment. »

Expressing his delight at his son’s performance, Yousuf said, “It’s a matter of pride for me to see him succeed and being a sportsman myself, Razzak’s success pleases me even more.” He went on to say that the family is extremely proud of his achievement and he is happy to see his son achieve the goals he has set for himself.

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