Beach volleyball series for Bulawayo

HARARE - The inaugural Beach Volleyball Series continues today at Masotsha High School in Bulawayo featuring different clubs from high schools and universities.

The three-week tournament which began last week with teams battling it out at school level to qualify for today’s fixture, saw a total number of 20 teams making it to this stage.

“Last week we were selecting qualifiers from schools,” said the chairperson of Bulawayo Volleyball Association (BVA), William Manzviro.

The event which is meant to showcase some of the best talent from the provinces attracted four women teams, seven teams from the mixed category and nine teams from the men’s category.

A set of five teams from today’s fixture face elimination as only 15 teams will make it to the final tournament to be held next weekend.

“From the women category, two teams will be eliminated today and the same applies to the men category, and from the mixed category only one team will be eliminated,” said Manzviro.

He added that the teams which survive elimination will then battle next week for the final fixture to determine the winner.

According to Manzviro, the victors of this tournament will be rewarded at the BVA awards event to be held on November 24.

Beach volleyball was introduced in 2011 in the country by ZVA, as a way of promoting the sport in all forms.

“The obvious challenge in beach volleyball is that we are a land-locked country while the sport is supposed to be played on the beach,” Manzviro said.

“However, we have been improvising using rivers and man-made beaches.”

Beach volleyball was introduced a century ago on the Hawaii beaches of Waikiki. In 1930 the game was modernised into two-people-team based sport.

The sport was added as an Olympic sport in 1996 and the United States and Brazil have dominated the game.

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