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  Fiji will host the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVA) Beach Volleyball World Tour for the first time on January 12-14 at Pacific Habour, Deuba. This is the first time
10 Dec 2016 11:27
Nima Keen To Play
Fiji Beach volleyball rep Laite Nima with PACMAS Women in News and Sports lead training facilitator Joana Lester at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva yesterday. Photo: Justine Mannan

 

Fiji will host the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVA) Beach Volleyball World Tour for the first time on January 12-14 at Pacific Habour, Deuba.

This is the first time the tournament will be held in the Pacific region and will see teams from around the world compete in the three-day event.

Fiji women’s beach volleyball player Laite Nima said the event will be a perfect opportunity to not only grow the sport in Fiji but gauge their performance.

“This is a huge advantage for us because we do not need to pay to go overseas to play in a quality tournament,” Nima said.

“It will be a good opportunity to meet with overseas teams and play against them and to also gauge our performance and see where we stand.

“This will hopefully be a chance to put the sport out there because it is considered a minor sport in the country and this is a good platform to grow it.

“Going up against teams from around the world is a major boost for us and will definitely be a learning curve as well.

“This is the first time something like this is being held in the country and we are excited about it and want to make the most out of it.

“It is not every day we would get this chance to compete with the best in the world so I am pretty excited and happy that we are hosting the first round of the FIVA events in their 2017 calendar.

“Also, this is a good opportunity to showcase the federation and tell people that Fiji is capable of hosting such an international tournament.”

With only a few weeks to prepare, Nima said her participation at the Oceania Championship in Nadi a few weeks ago has prepared her for the main event next month.

“It is a very short time to train for such an event considering that it is only a few weeks away,” she said.

“But the Oceania champs has really prepared me on what to expect next month.

“Training will start again on Monday and we are going to reflect on our performance at the Oceania champs and also pick up from where we left off.

“It will not be easy, Vanuatu are the Pacific queens and Australia are the top seed as well so hopefully playing against these teams will be an eye opener for not only me but those who want to take up the sport.”

The World Tour will start in Fiji and move onto countries such as the United States, Iran, Korea, Australia, Malaysia and China.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj


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