THE man running the show at the Vanua Challenge believes volleyball stakeholders can do more to help the sport in the country.
Maika Kini, who was the tournament director at the two-day meet which ended yesterday at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala, said the Fiji Volleyball Federation (FVF) should look for avenues to develop the sport.
He said volleyball was played by almost all sports personalities in Fiji and there was a need for some investment to see the sport reach new heights.
"Volleyball may be a minor sport but is played by most of the people in the country," Kini said.
"Even for many sports personalities, volleyball is the second to whatever sport they play. It's very popular in the neighbourhood too."
Kini said FVF should invest in the young players who make up the numbers on the court.
"Mostly youths play volleyball and most of them are unemployed. I think FVF should help these players in some way so the interest remains in them," he said.
"I think the government through its newly-formed sports commission should assist the FVF as well in the development of the sport."
Meanwhile, Kini thanked the officials and volunteers for helping in the running of the Vanua Challenge this year.
He was impressed with the standard showcased by the participating teams and hailed the tournament a success.
"For me, the role of the tournament director was full of challenges but I'm happy to have overcome the hurdles in successfully organising this year's meet."