THE tropical cyclone did just about enough to force the organisers of the Vanua Challenge to postpone the tournament that was supposed to be played this weekend.
Even though it was scheduled to be played indoors at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva, heavy rain in all parts of the country meant roads would be closed and teams would not be able to travel from the Western division for the tournament.
Fiji Volleyball Federation administration officer Kenneth Lidise said 32 teams were to compete in the tournament which was now expected to be played on March 21 and 22.
He said while the rain and postponement would dampen the spirits of the players, it would also give them more time to prepare for the tournament.
"Vanua is the grand finale between the best from the West and Central Eastern teams," he said.
"Teams had prepared well and were looking forward to this weekend and had made arrangements for leave from work not to mention other arrangements they had made to be part of the tournament.
"I suppose the advantage is they have more time to prepare better in terms of training, fundraising and other aspects."
He said while competition would be better if teams prepared more, the bad effect would be on the national volleyball calendar.
"The competition should be very competitive and we can expect a lot from the Western teams. The standard of competition is increasing every year which is a very good sign.
"The bad effect on volleyball calendar is that after Vanua Challenge, teams will have approximately three weeks to prepare for the National Easter Championships in April."