TTVF withdraws from Olympic Qualification as key athletes are not ready for the jab

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TTVF withdraws from Olympic Qualification as key athletes are not ready for the jab

The Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation (TTVF) after meetings with all stakeholders made the decision to withdraw from the Finals of the Olympic Qualification process.

The local governing body for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball said it is saddened by the decision made but claims it was unavoidable.

The Qualifier is carded for June 21st to 28th in Colima Mexico and is expected to involve Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, US Virgin Islands, St Kitts & Nevis, and St. Lucia. Only the tournament’s winner will advance; from the single-elimination event, to the Tokyo Games tentatively set for July.

A number of the country’s key athletes are not prepared to be vaccinated at this point.

The Association does respect the views of its athletes. However, examining all the necessary logistics and the cost associated with the safety of the athletes, their preparation, their traveling, the tournament, quarantining, etc. led to the withdrawal.

The TTVF now looks towards the future; which includes the installation of a robust system that would assist this country to qualify its first team sport to an Olympic Games, Paris 2024.

The Plans includes:

 The operationalizing of five development centers for Beach Volleyball based
in the North, East, South, Central, and Tobago.
 Formation of a Commercially sustainable Trinidad and Tobago Beach
Volleyball Tour.
 Refurbishing of the National Beach Volleyball Center at Saith Park
 Building Capacity in our Local Human Resource – Coaching, Officiating and
Sport administration.
 Ensuring that the job for a Coach can move from a part-time, volunteer or
recreational activity to a full-time occupation.