Historic event of World Grand Prix in TTO
COUVA, Trinidad, July 12, 2017 - Following on from a successful
hosting of the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship which ended on Sunday
July 9, the T&T Volleyball Federation is now confident of
welcoming three teams for the historic staging of the 2017 FIV
Women’s World Grand Prix Group Three Week Two Pool D-3 series.
The three-tournament which is being hosted by an
English-speaking CAZOVA team for the first time, men or women,
serves off at the National Cycling Centre, in Balmain, Couva
from Friday July 14 until Sunday July 16 from 5.30pm involving
host T&T, France, Cameroon and Australia.
This will be the second week of competition for all the
participating teams with the trio of Australia, France and
Cameroon all tasting victory while T&T were blanked.
In fact, France ended with a 3-0 record in its Week One Pool
hosted by Cameroon at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex,
Yaounde, with wins over the African nation as well as Algeria
The Australians defeated T&T for its lone win in Mexico while
going under to the Mexicans and Hungary, and Cameroon defeated
Algeria for its lone victory on home soil with its second loss
coming against Venezuela.
T&T making its tournament debut went under to Hungary and Mexico
in its other matches.
However, playing on home soil, the T&T women, nicknamed the
“Calypso Spikers” are expected to put on a much stronger showing
and contend for top spot.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Vaughn Martin, Executive
Director of the Tournament and T&TVF Delegate Vice President,
and a of the said his organisation is as ready as can be for
the historic hosting of the prestigious event, third only behind
the Olympic Games and the FIVB World Championship.
“This is our first time competing at this level with the team
making its debut last weekend in Mexico and now it will be an
even bigger achievement for us now as host country for the Week
Two matches,” Martin said.
“Our goal for the team is to continue to gain the experience for
the rest of the tournament and grow as a team because we intend
to much more competitive in next year’s competition which we
have qualified for already as well,” he added.
“For us playing against teams at a higher level has always been
our target and while we came up against Australia last week, it
will be the first time that we will play France and Cameroon and
we look forward to the challenge.”
“From what we have seen so far, we know we will be faced with
some challenges but at the same time we recognize that we can
compete at this level and as a federation we will not be
surprise when we win some of these matches.”
Last year the "Calypso Spikers" created history by qualifying
for the prestigious 2017 World Grand Prix through qualification
at the Pan American Cup held in Dominican Republic.
Attorney-at-law and T&TVF President, Nicole Selvon said she was
anxiously looking forward to the start to the tournament after
all the challenges they had to overcome.
“We were faced with a lot of challenges to put on the event, but
we had the help of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, the
Sport Company of T&T, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).,
Massy, FLOW, Blue Waters and the T&T Police Service.
"The hard work of getting ready
for the event has been completed and now we are looking forward
to witnessing a very high level of volleyball from the teams
that are coming to our shores for the first time."
Selvon also said she is hoping that spectators come out and give
the local women's team their full support and the sport in
general as the T&TVF continues its effort to make the sport a
major one locally.
Also starting on Friday Hungary, Algeria, Mexico and host
Venezuela clash in Pool C-3 from at Poliedro de Caracas,
This year’s edition of the competition, the 25th in its history,
32 countries will feature from July 7 to August 6 with the Group
One Final Round to be held in Nanjing, China.
Excluding Cuba, which withdrew from the tournament,
the remaining 27 teams from the 2016 edition directly qualified.