PLEASANTVILLE, San Fernando, Trinidad, July 8, 2022 – Mushtaque Mohammed, President of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) praised the efforts of the participating teams’ federations at the CAZOVA Youth and Junior Championships which served off at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony for the teams on Thursday, July 7, Mohammed, a former T&T Volleyball Federation (T&TVF) said. “We are happy to see the sport of volleyball not just back on the calendar in CAZOVA but also make a welcome return to the playing courts and for me, their is no better age-groups to take that step with, than with the Youth and Junior events, as they are the future of the sport.”
“I also would like to make a say a big and special thank you for the leaders of the federations of the teams who are present at this tournament and the big commitment and effort they have made to make certain that their teams participate in this edition, just coming on the heels of the covic-19 pandemic which grounded the sport for more than two years.”
Mohammed also praised the efforts of the T&TVF led by President Daymian Stewart for putting on the tournament without much outside help.
He said, “I would like to thank the T&TVF to taking up the opportunity to put on the first CAZOVA event post-Covid and doing son with very little resources and as I understand they are doing so without any funding for the tournament coming from government.
And finally, Mohammed was also high in recognition of North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) President, Cristobal Marte-Hoffiz for the financial support given by the federation to make certain the staging and success of the tournament.
Stewart in his brief address welcomed the participating and while admitting that his federation faced a few challenges in hosting the event, they were committed to putting on the event and helping to get the sport jump started in the CAZOVA region once again.