9 April, 2018, 12:00 am
WHILE the Fiji beach volleyball teams are fighting hard to qualify from pool plays at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, there’s talks of using our sandy beaches to host regional and international tournaments in the near future.
This was revealed by national coach Todd Edwards after Fiji’s matches at the Coolangatta Beachfront, the venue of the beach volleyball competitions.
The Fiji men’s team of Sairusi Cavula and captain Inia Korowale were beaten by two sets by Trinidad and Tobago.
Cavula and Korowale played a catch-up match under hot sun in the first set losing 21-6 and narrowed the margin 11-6 in the second set.
They meet in the last pool match tomorrow against St Kills Nevis.
The Fiji women team of Iliseva Ratudina and Laite Nima lost to England’s Jessica Grimson and Victoria Palmer 9-21 and 7-21.
“Both teams played well despite the results. They have a game each and hopefully we can get a win under our belt in order to qualify,” Edwards said.
“The good news is our international body FIVB has instructed that we put some documents together because they plan to use Fiji as a hub of the Oceania beach volleyball.”
The sport is being held for the first time in the games.