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Volleyball Is Inclusive: Gray

Fiji Volleyball Federation interim president Joe Gray says volleyball is a multiracial sport and is inclu­sive. Gray also hopes to diversify volleyball so that participation is expanded to those with disabilities.
13 Apr 2022 10:35
Volleyball Is Inclusive: Gray
Joe Gray

Fiji Volleyball Federation interim president Joe Gray says volleyball is a multiracial sport and is inclu­sive.

“We will include two new grades, the master’s category (30- 50 years) and 50 years upwards,” Gray said.

“We will also reach out to our fellow Fi­jians in the Indo-Fijians segment to be part of the community volleyball asso­ciations,” he said.

“That category could be listed under emerging or maybe invitational.”

Gray also hopes to diversify volleyball so that participation is expanded to those with disabilities.

He says it could be an opportunity for aspiring athletes to participate in re­gional and international sports events.

“Sitting volleyball is picking up popu­larity in the international arena. It in­volves the same number, which is six players but the space is smaller – for those with disabilities only,” he said.

“There are so many talents and this is one way we can be inclusive. Volleyball is a sport for all.”

The Fiji Hotel Workers Association is thriving in sports participation, as it has been well anticipated by stakehold­ers in the tourism industry.

“We are looking at incorporating that into business house competition and then maintaining consistency for an an­nual tournament.

He added that they have begun their campaign to get sponsors on board.

“We hope to secure a sponsor, Pacific Energy and a few other organizations that we will be tapping into.

“We’ve got Latifah Ali from London who has come forward offering mone­tary assistance towards Fiji volleyball.”

Ali, is from Morocco, and is mar­ried to Fiji born businessman Ha­mid Ali. They reside in London.



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