By Sean Devers
The Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) has collaborated with sponsors by Guyoil
Tradewinds Tankers to stage the Guyoil Tradewinds Tankers International Invitational Volleyball Club Festival scheduled for the National Gymnasium from November 9-12.
Hosts Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (Roraima State) all from South America, will battle with Caribbean side Trinidad & Tobago for top honours as Guyoil Tradewinds Tankers return after a year’s absence to fund the event which will include both Male and Female teams.
At the official launching of the three-day tournament at Olympic House on High Street Kingston yesterday, former GVF President Reggie Bhagwandin, wearing the cap of Guyoil Operations Manager, said Tradewinds Tankers, a shipping company which was has been transporting oil for the state owned Guyana oil Company since 1988, was pleased to be associated with Volleyball.
“As a past President of the GVF we (Guyoil) readily agreed to offer sponsorship for the entire tournament this year after being on board for the inaugural tournament in 2012,” Bhagwandin, who was at the helm of the GVF from 1995-2000, informed.
President of the GVF, Captain John Flores, who is in charge of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guards, said he is satisfied with preparations for next month’s tournament and is confident that the Guyanese would be very competitive.
“We have been to Brazil recently and we got a good gauge of the standard of Volleyball there since Brazil is the top South American Volleyball team,” informed Flores.
Flores, who took over from Lenny Shuffler as GVF head, disclosed that each country will send a club team to compete with a Berbice united and a Demerara combination in the Male category, while one female team will represent Guyana.
The GVF top-man added that Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago usually send both Male and Female teams to the event which commences with the opening Ceremony at 17:00hrs on Friday November 7 at the National Gymnasium
According to Flores, each team will be required to pay a registration fee of US$500 and should arrive in Guyana the night before the tournament starts. He further stated that Guyoil’s sponsorship will cover Hotel accommodation for the teams in addition to the cost of meals for the players and officials of the visiting teams.
Flores told Bhagwandin that the Federation is hoping to revitalize the Castrol Strikers, adding that hopefully next year they will be back in local competitions.
The GVF President also told Kaieteur Sports that the National under-16’s will be in Surname from December 18 for a tournament there, while the under-19’s will also be in the Dutch Country at the end of this month to compete in the Inter-Guiana games. He added that the Under-23 side is scheduled to travel to French Guiana next year.
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