Forty-five teams will compete amongst themselves for the President Beach Volleyball Cup in Kaduna. The 2021 edition of the tournament began on the 17th of May under strict supervision and adherence to the COVID-19 regulations. .
The chairman of the competition’s Organising Committee, Sam Timothy spoke with newsmen at the end of the opening day and he explained the format of this edition’s tournament. He disclosed that 19 teams will compete in the U18 Girls and U19 Boys categories while 26 teams will challenge for the top prizes in the seniors (men and women) categories.
“I want to state that this year’s edition will be well packaged in terms of organization and use of qualified referees. We also urged the participating teams to adhere to the rules of the competition, while also observing the Covid-19 protocol,” Timothy said.
In the same vein, the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) and one of the sponsors of this year’s edition, Engineer Musa Nimrod, has told volleyball enthusiasts to expect the best of volleyball at the President’s Cup.
Nimrod also disclosed that the winners in the seniors’ categories (men and women) will represent the country at Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers in Morocco next month after camping in Ghana for three weeks.
“I am happy with the caliber of players present at this year’s President Beach Volleyball Cup. We have experienced players who have done the nation proud at past international tournaments and young players who want to make statements at the national team,” he said.
“The winners of the men and women’s senior categories will be selected and camp in Ghana for three weeks ahead of the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers in Morocco. This is to ensure they play quality games with other countries,” Nimrod said.
Team Nigeria have not won an Olympic Gold medal in Volleyball. Fans of the sport can follow this tournament in Kaduna and hope that the players selected to represent Nigeria at the Olympic qualifiers can secure a ticket to Tokyo and make the nation proud.