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Ja to host Carib Volleyball Champs

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 1:00 AMLeighton Levy

Jamaica has won the bid to host the 2016 Caribbean Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championship to be held in July of this year.

Jamaica had been in contention to host the championships that will feature eight male and a similar number of female teams from across the region battling for the right be called Caribbean champions. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending male and female champions.

Martinique had also expressed an interest in hosting the championships, but following a visit here late last year by president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), Mushtaque Mohammed, it was decided that Jamaica was the better option. During his visit Mohammed conducted site inspections and looked at hotels in Kingston. He also met with athletes and officials before making his decision.

"From my inspection visit, it was evident that you and your team have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to provide the best conditions for the hosting of our major tournaments," Mohammed told Jamaica Volleyball Association president Rudolph Speid in a letter communicating the good news.

This will be the second occasion this year that Jamaica will be hosting a major international volleyball tournament as the island is set to host the second round of Women's Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, at the end of January.