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ZVA target beach series

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THE Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) has resolved to hold more beach volleyball tournaments throughout the year so as to give players more opportunities to play the sport.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA
SPORTS REPORTER

The resolution was made at the ZVA’s annual general meeting held in Harare on Saturday.

Six provinces attended the meeting with the exception of Bulawayo, the Midlands, Manicaland and Matabeleland South.

ZVA secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera yesterday revealed to Southern Eye Sport what transpired in the meeting.

“We came up with our calendar of events which was approved. We have decided to launch the Beach Volleyball Series for junior and senior players. This is aimed at ensuring players play on a regular basis taking part in regular tournaments which would be played once or twice a month.

“Since beach volleyball is an individual sport, the players would accumulate points and they would be ranked at the end of the year,” he said.

Mapondera said the games would be played at Highfields Community Centre in Harare.

The meeting also saw the approval of their budget and confirmation of some of the competitions the national teams will take part in.

“Our budget for this year is $225 000. We need to get that money if we are to be successful in running the office this year. We also have competitions like Youth Olympic Qualifiers which will be held at a yet-to-be-announced venue and the Region V Youth Olympics Championships to be held in Botswana between June and July. These are some of the competitions that we need to participate in,” he said.

The ZVA also came up with the idea of honouring players who excel.

“For the first time this year, ZVA will hold annual awards on December 31. The awards are meant to honour the players and for us to recognise their efforts. Coaches and administrators will also be honoured,” he added.

He said they would visit the centres of volleyball excellence throughout the country to find out their progress on the programme.

Mapondera said there was also the presentation of the audited financial statements for 2013 while those who attended the meeting said they were happy with the achievements that were posted in the sport last year.

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