CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) has cancelled all their major tournaments for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus.
The decision was taken during a “virtual” meeting of national federations affiliated to the Caribbean body for the sport last week Wednesday.
Virtually all sports were shut down around the world because of the pandemic in the middle of March and CAZOVA announced a couple weeks later to postpone the first round of the World Championship qualification to June and July.
The competitions were later pushed back to August, however their president Mushtaque Mohammed stated last Wednesday that “CAZOVA has taken the decision to cancel all championships for 2020.”
The 57-year-old, who is also the boss of the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation noted that “the situation as it relates to the spread of the virus has not abated and boarders are still closed or open with restrictions.”
Mohammed, also the vice-president of the NORCECA ((North, Central America and the Caribbean) Volleyball Confederation, also pointed out that the restrictions caused by the disease have seriously affected players’ ability to train.
The committee is expected to make a decision in the next few months about when and where the tournaments will take place next year.
World Championships qualifiers are not the only major indoor events which have been pushed back to next year.
The CAZOVA Under-23 Championship was actually scheduled to take place last month in Dominican Republic.
The semifinals of the CAZOVA Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournaments had been tentatively billed for the end of August in Nicaragua, but Mohammed “is not optimistic” that they will take place at this time.
As a result of being ranked No. 1 in the zone, this country’s male and female teams have advanced straight into the semis.
The Games of the XXX11 Olympiad were originally scheduled to begin in Tokyo, Japan, in the next two weeks, but were pushed back by a full year because of the Coronavirus.
The next edition of the World Volleyball Championships will be contested in 2022.
The men’s competition will take place in Russia in late August and should be followed by the women’s event in Holland and Poland about a month later.
After being pushed back twice the NORCECA Beach Tour was scheduled to get going in mid-August, but all seven tournaments were cancelled a few weeks ago. This country’s men were ranked seventh and women, 12th, following the ten tournaments in last year’s circuit.