ZIMBABWE Volleyball Association (ZVA) failed to raise $15 000 to send four Under-23 players for the on- going World Championships in Poland.
The six-day tournament ends on Sunday. Bruce Paguti, Trevor Sibanda, Christine Manyanya and Progress Gass were the members of the team. ZVA has a task of raising $20 000 to send Keith Machakaire and Douglas Choto for the Under 21 World Championships set for July 22 to 28 in Cyprus.
However, ZVA president Frederick Ndlovu said they would continue serving the sport and try to source funds to send teams to take part in international competitions despite the challenges they are facing.
Ndlovu said they were unable to send the team to Poland, but they would not be giving up.
“We failed to send the team to Poland, but as this stage we are still optimistic that we will be able to send our team for the World Championships in Cyprus next month. We will continue to explore other avenues so that we try and source funds,” he said.
“We will not give up in trying getting the funds because we failed this time. We are facing challenges, but we will continue trying.
“We have to send teams to various international competitions from our coffers and we hope that we will be able to do that again despite the challenges we are facing.”
Efforts to get assistance from the government has provided futile as the Sport, Arts and Culture ministry has indicated that they do not have the money to assist the teams.
Meanwhile, Federation of International Volleyball top instructor Yaniv Noyman from Israel started conducting an International Beach Volleyball Grassroots Course in Harare on Tuesday.
ZVA secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera confirmed the course to Southern Eye Sport yesterday.
“We have an instructor from Israel who is conducting a five-day beach volleyball grassroots course in Harare. He started yesterday (Tuesday),” he said.
“We have 24 coaches and players attending the course. It is aimed at training volleyball coaches and players of the sport from grassroots level.”