Minister for Youth and Sports Francois Chani visited the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball women’s team during training on Monday.
The Beach Volleyball team is preparing to compete at the first Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (ANOC) World Beach Games which will be held in Doha, Qatar on October 12-16.
Minister Chani met the women and wished them the best of luck as they depart the country today for Doha.
Team Vanuatu consists of Captain Sherysyn Toko,Loti Joe,Maybel Ravo,Luduine Tebeim,Majabelle Lawac and Chantale Willie.Team will be guided by Shanon Zunker who is again stepping up to assist Vanuatu Beach Volleyball team on the international stage and will be ably assisted by Lucyan Peladjee Maho as team Manager.
Up to 1,300 athletes from 97 countries have qualified to take part in the inaugural World Beach Games.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has confirmed that some of the world’s best athletes from all five continents will be competing for 350 medals in 14 disciplines across 13 sports.
The competition begins on October 11, one day before the opening ceremony, and wraps up on October 16 with three venues being specially created to welcome the world to Qatar.
Organisers say the event has been designed to connect new sports and new stars with a new generation of sports fans, resulting in a big celebration of sport in Qatar where all nationalities will come together in the name of fair play.
The Beach Games programme includes a mix of beach, water and action sports with 3x3 Basketball, Kitefoil Racing, Open Water Swimming (5Km), Aquathlon, Karate Individual Kata, Beach Wrestling, Beach Tennis, Beach Soccer, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Bouldering, Skateboarding, Waterski Jump and Wakeboard all expecting world-class fields.
Qatar Olympic Committee has also announced the game will be free to public to watch.