Extensive virtual meeting of CAZOVA
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, April 24, 2020 - The global pandemic
has impacted sports generally as we are unable to train with our
respective teams and clubs, nor participate in competitions.
Most countries have been practising social distancing measures
and have implemented travel restrictions which also impact the
ability to participate in international events.
As such, the board of CAZOVA had their first video conference on
April 2, 2020 to discuss the impact of this Pandamic on our
sport. The major focus were the 6 tournaments planned for 2020
with the U23 men and women already had to be postponed from
April to a date to be determined.
During our meeting we also discussed the impact of the
cancellation of the 2020 NORCECA development plan. The
financial support received from NORCECA, assists the National
Federations with their participation in beach and Indoor
volleyball as well as scholarships for education development.
As such and in an effort to keep our Member Associations
informed, a ZOOM meeting was held on April 22. We are pleased
that all 14 Federations were represented at the meeting.
The meeting discussed the effects of the coronavirus on the
scheduled CAZOVA competitions and the rationale for the
discontinuation of the NORCECA Development Fund for 2020. The
Federations also had an opportunity to speak about their
The meeting was advised of the following that would impact
1-No financial support for hosting of NORCECA Beach Tournaments.
This would affect Cayman and Jamaica.
2-No financial support for countries hosting championships
(Guadeloupe, Bahamas and Suriname)
3-No scholarship funds available.
4-Teams that had qualified to participate in the Continental
Championships will not receive support for airline tickets.
The meeting lasted 1 hour and 47 minutes, with everyone sharing
their views and specific issues relating to volleyball in their
country, and the points above. What was clear was that all
countries are experiencing similar challenges. Based on the
situation as it is now, below are the main points arising from
1-Bahamas will no longer be able to host the CAZOVA World
2-Suriname will only be able to host one event instead of two
and as such agreed to host the Men tournament.
3-Guadeloupe is uncertain as this stage as there are many
government factors which are not favourable
4-Jamaica and Cayman Islands will no longer be able to host a
NORCECA Beach Tour
5-Based on the current situation most countries cannot give a
commitment to participate in tournaments but can only decide
after the Pandemic is over.
Due to COVID-19 and governments focusing on the health crisis,
all members stated that their ability to seek sponsorship from
private and public entities is non-existent. Public Welfare is
the priority over sports. Most businesses are experiencing a
major reduction in profits due to most countries facing some
sort of quarantine and curfew.
In addition to the above, all members stated that due to social
distancing regulations and the closure of all sporting
facilities, training is not possible. Borders in most countries
in CAZOVA have been closed indefinitely, which has also added to
In conclusion it was agreed that:
The current situation makes it difficult to plan.
All countries will be guided by the mandate of their
The Board of CAZOVA will meet again at the end of May so an
assessment can be made of COVID-19 and the impact on the
region, specifically. We will also request a meeting with
President Marte to discuss with the CAZOVA membership the plans
of NORCECA for 2020 and beyond.