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Beach volleyball to get special attention in 2014

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BEACH Volleyball is set to get special attention at the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) annual general meeting later this month.

Munyaradzi Madzokere
Sports Reporter

Slated for January 26, the AGM will see ZVA mapping the way forward for Zimbabwe volleyball in the new year, as well as laying down targets and objectives for the new season.

By far, ZVA’s success story in 2013, beach volleyball, will surely dominate proceedings as the association seeks to maintain and improve the standard already established in the relatively novel sport.

Five age-group teams carved a piece of history last year when they qualified for the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship in different European countries.

Outstanding was the Under-19 team which became the first Zimbabwean side to qualify for a global showpiece, eventually scooping the team of the year accolade at the Annual National Sport Awards ceremony.

ZVA secretary-general Ringisayi Mapondera spoke to our sister paper StandardSport and hinted that beach volleyball was likely to take precedence on the volleyball calendar.

“We achieved quite a lot with our beach volleyball teams qualifying for the World Championships last year and our Under-19 side being recognised as the team of the year was a major milestone.
“We are definitely going to concentrate more on beach volleyball. We are going to encourage all provinces to introduce the sport while we arrange a series of tournaments to ensure the growth of the sport,” he said.

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