Pakistan’s U17 Volleyball team faced disappointment as they failed to qualify for the U17 Volleyball World Cup. In the Asian U16 Volleyball Championship held in Uzbekistan, they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Chinese Taipei in the third-fourth place match. This marked their second loss in the tournament.
Having lost the semi-final against Uzbekistan, Pakistan needed to secure a victory against Chinese Taipei to secure their spot in the U17 World Cup scheduled for the next year. However, Chinese Taipei emerged victorious with a scoreline of 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, and 25-22, thus securing their qualification for the World Cup.
In the semi-final, Uzbekistan defeated Pakistan 3-1, with the scores being 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, and 25-23. Despite a closely fought match, the hosts managed to secure the win.
During the tournament, Pakistan had shown promising performances, registering four consecutive victories against Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Australia, and Thailand. In the Super 8 round, they defeated Australia with a scoreline of 25-13, 25-19, and 25-14, and then continued their winning streak by beating Thailand with scores of 25-9, 25-16, and 25-19.
In the group stage, Pakistan secured victories against Mongolia (25-9, 25-17, 25-13) and Chinese Taipei (25-15, 25-18, 25-16).
Notably, in the Central Asian U16 Volleyball Championship held earlier in the month, Pakistan lost a closely contested final to Iran, with the scores being 25-20, 25-27, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-11. Iran claimed the Gold medal while Pakistan settled for Silver.