National team captain Harman Halion (right) with compatriot Md Shahril Md Salleh. BERNAMA pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Myanmar are expected to be Malaysia’s main rivals in sitting volleyball at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games (Para KL2017).

Sitting volleyball is scheduled to take place from Sept 18 to Sept 22 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MiTEC), where the national squad are expected to march to the final.

National team captain Harman Halion looks forward to the challenge.

He feels that the combination of both experienced and young players will help shape a formidable team to realise their dream of winning the gold.

“Our goal is to make the final and I am very confident with my teammates

“Our closest rivals will be Myanmar as they have been very strong in this competition though we hope to win the gold,” said Harman during the Kita Juara programme press conference for the Para KL2017 at a hotel today.

Harman who is 40 years old, said he took up the sport competitively because he likes playing and being part of a team

Based on the rules, sitting volleyball requires a smaller court (10m x 6m) and a lower net compared to the sport played by able-bodied athletes.

It is played in a format of the best of five sets and the team that score 25 points (with at least a two-point lead) win the game.

A sitting volleyball team are made up of six players with one player classified as Minimal Disability (MD) on court at any one time.

Translated from Berita Harian

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