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From The Archives: BVA launching overseas thrust

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From The Archives: BVA launching overseas thrust

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PARTICIPATION BY THE national volleyball team in the 16th Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mexico from November 20 to December 4 heralds the start of a new policy for the Barbados Volleyball Association (BVA).

The national squad leaves for Mexico tomorrow to take part in the CAC Games for the very first time. Before leaving, members of the touring party were presented with a complete set of uniforms from Club Barbados who will be sponsoring the national team for the first time.

Speaking to the media in the Post Office building, Fontabelle where the presentation was made, BVA president Martin St Mark said: “Our participation in the CAC Games for the first time marks the beginning of a new policy for the national team, a policy which entails the widest possible overseas participation.”

He said the CAC Games were the beginning of the new policy directive for the BVA and their preparation for a more ambitious programme for 1991.

Next year, Barbados will host the Caribbean Championships from July 14 to 21; for the first time, all countries in the English-speaking Caribbean will be taking part.

The Caribbean Championships will be contested in both women’s and men’s divisions.

Following the championships, the national team will take part in the North Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA) competition in Canada, in August 1991.

The NORCECA competition is of a much higher standard than the OECS Games, St Mark said, and include the more highly competitive teams from the United States and Cuba.

Tina King, sales manager of Club Barbados, who presented the set of colourful uniforms to St Mark, said Club Barbados’ sponsorship will continue for two years.

She said this was the first time her company, a relatively new one, had entered into sponsorship.