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A lack of finances at the T&T Volleyball Federation has been highlighted as the main reason for the top-ranked men and women national beach volleyball teams non-participation at the third leg of the 2018 Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit in Varadero, Cuba from tomorrow until Sunday.
The duo of Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart are the current top national men’s beach volleyballers and were recent quarter-finalists on debut at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
However, the duo missed the opening leg of this year’s Norceca Tour in Mexico from April 12 to 16 due to their involvement in Australia, while they were also forced to miss the second-leg in Mexico last weekend due to scheduling as they would not have been able to get to Mexico on time from Australia.
With the third leg set to start tomorrow, Williams and Stewart, winners of the past seven tournaments held locally, were expected to be T&T’s lone men’s entrant.
Contacted yesterday to confirm the team’s involvement, Stephen Enile, who is the manager said no funds are available to get the team to Cuba.
Williams, the more experienced player and participant at last year’s FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship with Marlon Phillip said that he also told the local federation that he will be unavailable for the third leg due to work commitments.
“I recently started up my own business and have been away a lot in recent times and I just returned from Australia, I needed to look after my business for a while and not just jet off to another tournament.
“It was hoped that the T&TVF would have provided Stewart with another playing partner to send another men’s team instead, but in the end, nothing materialised.
While no men’s team has competed in any of the three legs so far this season, T&T has been able to have at least one women’s team on tour for each leg.
Third-ranked local pairing, Suraya Chase and La Teisha Joseph competed in the first leg and ended in the joint 13th spot of the 14-team competition without a win, while top-ranked locals, Phylecia Armstrong and Malika Davidson missed their flight to Mexico via Panama City from Port-of-Spain.
Last weekend, both women’s teams were on show in Mexico, but it was a similar outcome on the sand for T&T as both teams failed to win any of their respective three pool matches and quarterfinal losers encounter to end in joint 13th of 16-teams.
Yesterday, Joseph and Chase left for Cuba where they will hunt a first win of the campaign.
The second-ranked pair of Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman, the national champions and winners of the other local qualifiers held so far this year, were next in line to represent T&T in the women’s competition, but are in the same position with regards to no available funding from the T&TVF.
Enile said, both Joseph and Chase are funding themselves to get to get to Cuba, but there is no cash for the T&TVF to send the top women’s teams.
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