THE Federation Internationale De Volley Ball (FIVB), Communications Director, Richard Baker has confirmed that Vanuatu is the only representative from the Pacific at the U-21 World Championships.
Mr. Baker stated through an online correspondence that, “Kieth Vuti and James Chilia are the first men’s team from Vanuatu to have qualified for the FIVB Beach Volleyball U-21 World Championships.”
The qualification of the men’s team compliments the consecutive qualification of Loti Joe and Sherysyn Toko for the FIVB Championships in July.
The Communications Director of FIVB commended the Vanuatu athletes and added: “Vanuatu is recognized as a country with sound beach volleyball infrastructure providing great players. Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu have been the flagship team for Vanuatu on the international scene in past years, it’s great to see a new wave of players coming through to continue that momentum and with men’s teams also now featuring, it bodes well for beach volleyball in Vanuatu and across the Pacific.”
President of the Association, Debbie Masauvakalo, mentioned that the players who have qualified are the proud product of the ‘Asco Motors after School Program’.
Asco Motors CEO Robert King stated that these current qualifications will continue to strengthen the relationship between Vanuatu Volley Ball Association and Asco Motors.
According to the CEO, the Toyota distributer invests VT600, 000 into the kids program every year and is content with the results.
The FIVB U-21 Championships 2017 will be hosted Nanjing City, China, on the 12th of July.