The 23-year-old will represent Ahmedabad defenders in the upcoming edition of the league.

A 24-year-old player from Hassan, Karnataka has a lot of expectations from the RuPay Prime Volleyball League, which begins in Kochi on 05 February 2022. Manoj LM, who will feature in the Ahmedabad Defenders side is optimistic that the league will help many volleyball players constructively, “I feel the RuPay Prime Volleyball League will help players, who are facing financial issues, construct their lives in an even better way. The competition will also help in finding talented volleyball players in India and further develop the rich pool of Volleyball talent in India. It will also help players to break into the Indian side and make our country proud. I am personally really excited to play in the RuPay Prime Volleyball League and I cannot express my excitement in words.” 

Manoj, who is a son of a bus driver, spoke about how he fell in love with the game of volleyball. 

“I started playing volleyball in school when I was 12 years old. I had a good physique and structure to be a volleyball player. But, I started playing the sport properly when I was 17 years old under the guidance of my coach Mr. Ramesh Patel. That’s when I developed a craze for the game,” said the volleyball player, who works for Indian Bank in Chennai.

The Middle Blocker added that he further honed his skills at a sports hostel in Bengaluru, “Patel sir trained me and helped me join DYES hostel (Sports Authority of Karnataka) in Bengaluru and I met my coach and role model Mr. Dakshinamoorthy at the sports hostel. He has helped me reach my best. I have been very lucky to have been trained by great coaches, who inspire me every day. They have worked hard consistently with sheer willpower and have a lot of love for the game. I have a lot of respect for them and they have always pushed me to keep striving forward.”

When asked about his biggest achievement in volleyball, Manoj said, “My biggest achievement in volleyball has been being part of the Gold Medal-winning Indian team at the 2019 South Asian Games. It was fantastic to participate in the tournament and the winning moment has been the most memorable moment for me.”

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