The Cayman Islands leg of the NORCECA Under 23 Beach Volleyball Tour was officially opened today by Hon. Bernie Bush, Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage, Cayman Islands Government and Mushtaque Mohammed, Vice President of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation.
The Under 23 Tournament is being hosted by the Cayman Islands for the first time with 14 teams competing (7 male, 7 female) from Cayman, Aruba, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA.
Before doing a ceremonial serve, Minister Bush made brief remarks.
“The Ministry of Sports is committed to developing our young athletes, and seeing them succeed at the national and international level. We are proud to support the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation as they offer programmes and organise tournaments such as this one which give our young volleyballers international exposure and valuable experience,” said Minister Bush.
NORCECA VP and CAZOVA President Mohammed brought greetings on behalf of the NORCECA President and extended best wishes for the success of the event. He complimented CIVF for being the host of the first Continental underage tournament and indicated that the venue is world class and has the potential for hosting a FIVB tournament.
The minister proceeded to make the first serve at the CAY vs USA men’s game to officially open the tournament.