Sierra Leone begin Inter regional Volleyball for Peace Tournament
26 March 2012
Sierra Leone, March 25, 2012- The Sierra Leone Volleyball Association “SLVA” started the Inter-regional Volleyball/beach volleyball tournament which runs from March 23 to 25 in Bo city.
The championship which was earlier postponed by the SLVA executive, according to the Secretary General of the association Ahmed Khanou; the tournament was shifted as demanded by their cooperate partners to ensure a standard and very exciting tournament. ‘’I think it was better to postpone than to have a substandard competition and we all know that sport is money will now go ahead as plan as all related facilities are in place for the tournament,”
According to the Secretary General of the SLVA, Ahmed the event is the “first of its kind” since the inception of the competition in 1992.
He said, “It is going to be a historic event because this is the first time we’re introducing beach volleyball in the provinces alongside indoor volleyball so we’re expecting a very colorful competition.”
Khanou further revealed that all the trophies and equipments for the three days of action are ready adding that this year’s tournament is theme ‘Sports for Peace: A frame work for regional integration and national cohesion.’
Khanou said their decision to use such theme was to allow the tournament preach peace which he said is key towards a better regional unity and help in the decentralization of the game.
However the Vice President of the Association Moses Koroma in his own contribution said all the four participating regions have benefited from the seed money with the host South receiving four million Leone to augment the competition while the three other regions received two million Leones each.
He also stated that apart from the money, the association also gave Volleyball materials which includes Volleyball and beach volleyball, net and a standard rope for beach volleyball court are all boost in preparation for the competition.
The tournament Director coach Mohamed Vangahun also informed the press that the venues for the competition has been rebranded by one of the sponsors Africell.
By Bernard Turay, SLVA press officer