The Herald (Harare)

2 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Volleyball Association Meets Today

THE Zimbabwe Volleyball Association will today hold their first board meeting in Harare to finalise their preparations for this year's events. The ZVA conducted their elections last year in December, which saw Fredrick Ndlovu retaining his position as the president. Today's meeting comes a few weeks after the handover ceremony held last month.

Ndlovu said they are going to finalise on several issues that were discussed in the previous executive meeting, including the calendar of events for this year and how they are going to source for funds to cater for upcoming international events starting this month.

"There will be the confirmation of the new members and sort of orientation.

"There will be reports from each province on the status of volleyball as well as the elections they held.

"We will also get confirmation of the calendar of events for this year," said Ndlovu.

Ndlovu said they will be a bit aggressive this year on the way they will handle volleyball affairs as they have a busy schedule ahead with the junior indoor and beach volleyball teams expected to compete in a number of continental and international matches.

"We will be aggressive in our approach.

"From the end of this month we will be sending our youth and junior beach volleyball teams to Windhoek, Namibia, for the youth and junior championships.

"We are expecting this board to confirm and ratify the participation of these teams in those events. We have a thrust towards youth development and participation

"We are just making sure that while our seniors might fail, we want to have very little excuse in our juniors failing to bring medals," said Ndlovu.

The national association is this month expected to send a team for the Junior Men World championships qualifiers scheduled to run from February 28 to March 10 in Tunisia and a girls team for the Youth Girls Championships qualifiers set for March 23 to April 1 in Egypt.

The ZVA president said they are also going to engage Government to have volleyball included in the Zone Six Youth Championships to be hosted in Zimbabwe next year.

"We will approach Government for volleyball to be included in the Zone Six Youth Championships as we have not been taking part at that level and as you know Zimbabwe will be hosting the Zone Six Championships next year," Ndlovu said.

The local volleyball motherbody has also included beach volleyball on their calendar in an effort to support and promote the game, which is still at its developing stages in this country.

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