AFTER two postponements, the 2020 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
The members of the Beach Volleyball Commission for the Confederation voted unanimously to abandon this year’s circuit during a virtual meeting last week Thursday.
The pandemic started forcing sporting shutdowns around the world in mid-March when the decision was made to push back the first tournament in the series from late April until the end of May.
However a couple weeks before, NORCECA decided to wait another three months by setting a new start date in the middle of August.
But Indhira Ramirez, director of their Beach Volleyball Department, concluded during Thursday’s meeting that “the current travelling restrictions and the uncertainty about sponsorship considering the negative impact caused by the pandemic were taken into consideration for the cancellation of the circuit.”
The panel includes Daymian Stewart, a senior member of the commission, and fellow Trinidadian Mushtaque Mohammed, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation and vice-president of NORCECA.
There were originally ten three-day tournaments on this year’s calendar, but the three hosts from the English-speaking Caribbean – Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts & Nevis – had withdrawn because of problems with funding after the first postponement.
Three of the seven remaining events were billed for Dominican Republic, while two were supposed to take place in Mexico and one each in Cuba and Nicaragua.
Daynte Stewart and Marlon Phillip earned this country a bronze medal in the third of ten tournaments in last year’s circuit in Nicaragua at the beginning of May. This performance propelled the men to finish the season in the top ten, while the T&T women ended up five spots behind in 12th.