Pakistan's volleyball team awaits NOC at airport

Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming Asian Volleyball Challenge Cup 2023 has come to an unfortunate halt as the Foreign Ministry has denied the issuance of a No Objection Certificate (NOC), leading to their withdrawal from the tournament. The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and the Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association (CTVBA) are jointly organizing the event, which was scheduled to begin on July 8.

The Pakistani team, known as the Men in Green, had been eagerly looking forward to representing their country on the international stage. They were prepared to depart for Taiwan, pending the fulfillment of necessary requirements. However, the Foreign Office in Pakistan failed to provide the crucial NOC, dashing the hopes and dreams of the national players.

Apart from the missed sporting opportunity, the consequences of this withdrawal are likely to extend to financial implications for the Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF). While the exact amount of the potential fine remains undisclosed, media speculations suggest that it could reach up to Rs10 million, posing a significant setback for the federation.

In the tournament’s schedule, Pakistan had been placed in Group E alongside strong teams from Australia and Vietnam. Their campaign was supposed to kick off on July 8. The withdrawal from this event has also raised concerns about Pakistan’s participation in future competitions such as the Asian Championship in Iran and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, scheduled for August and September respectively.

Responding to these developments, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF) denied reports of a ban on future participation in events. The spokesperson explained that the delay in issuing the NOC was due to the ongoing China-Taiwan conflict. The federation is actively engaged in discussions with Shaza Fatima, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, to secure the necessary NOC. Meanwhile, the team remains at the airport, hopeful that the NOC will be issued today to salvage their participation in the tournament.

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