The newly elected president of the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Bouchra Hajij has suspended all ongoing activities on the 2020 African Volleyball calendar in a circular channeled out to all the Volleyball Federations in Africa on today the 13th November 2020.
“Kindly be informed that all CAVB competitions scheduled for Year 2020 have been postponed to next year. We are currently in close contact with FIVB to decide upon the way forward to align our competitions with that of FIVB, mainly for the competitions that serve as Qualifications to FIVB world championships,” Reads part of the circular.
The Uganda Volleyball Federation was preparing to host the 2020 women U20 Nations championships to take place in Kampala from 4th – 13th December and the U20 girls team was already in camp in Isingiro, and by this development, these competitions will inevitably have to be called off.
“We would also like to inform you that the CAVB is currently reviewing the hosting process of its competitions including the exigencies and challenges due to the pandemic,” Said Bouchra.
According to the former Uganda Volleyball Federation technical director Tonny Lakony, he has termed the cancellation of events as a superb timing for the national team to have better preparations.
“The team can now plan for better preparation and hopefully have the candidates in the mix, meaning a stronger team and greater chance to compete in the best possible state.”
The cancellation of the 2020 volleyball events has been communicated late due to the fact that the executive committee delayed to hand over power to the presidency of Bouchra Hajij.
Bouchra Hajij won the election in October to become the first female president of CAVB taking over from Amr Elwani.