THE Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) intends to hold beach volleyball tournaments at the end of the month this year in a bid to encourage more people to play the sport.
ZVA secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they have come up with the plan as their target is to ensure that more people start playing the sport.
“We have introduced the beach volleyball series which are tournaments which will be played every month end. It is an open tournament. Anyone interested can come and play. The first tournament will be played at Highfields Community Centre in Harare.
“However, for those who are hoping to represent the country in future international tournaments, it is very important because they can accumulate points. The points are very important considering that there are World Cup qualifiers coming soon,” he said.
He said many people were showing interest in the sport although some women were still getting used to the dress code.
“Beach volleyball is coming up. However, women are still getting used to the dress code. They wear bikini not the usual volleyball shorts. They will eventually get used to it,” he said.
Mapondera said a beach volleyball committee headed by Zimbabwe beach volleyball International referee Elliot Mupariwa will take charge of the programme.
Despite a few years since the introduction of the sport, beach volleyball players have shown potential.
Last year, they qualified for the World Championships that were held in Cyprus. Meanwhile, the ZVA annual general meeting will be held in Harare on Saturday.