CAVB wants updates on African leagues, calls for caution against Covid-19

CAVB wants updates on African leagues, calls for caution against Covid-19

The Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) is appealing to the sport’s family to take caution and ensure that the deadly novel Coronavirus “takes as few casualties as possible.”

Though there is no reported of Covid infection in the volleyball circle this far, the continental sports body has stepped up effort to sensitize it’s people on the need to stay safe.

“I urge you to remain vigilant and abide by all advice to ensure that the pandemic takes as few casualties as possible,” said CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani.

At the same time Elwani asked all the national volleyball federations to update the continental mother body on the progress of their respective leagues.

While insisting that the health of the athlete remains a key priority, Elwani, however, said that each federation should update Cairo on the progress, whether their respective leagues will be concluded or not, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic

“We continuously assess the situation across the continent and make all decisions based on the reality in each country. 

“We would be glad to receive from each national federation, a general update on the situation in their country and specifically any indication, where possible, when volleyball activity may commence. This will assist us adapt and adjust our activity calendar especially with respect to courses,” Elwani was quoted by the CAVB.ORG.

Elwani also hinted that CAVB could be forced to adopt technology to run some of its programmes as the virus continues to wreak havoc in the sporting calendar.

“While the pandemic has caused massive disruptions in our planned programmes, I am glad to announce that as a result of our prior planning and innovation we are still able to have some activity through our robust online CAVB Academy. We already have two management courses in progress via the Academy. In the near future the Academy shall be running more events.”

Some of the programmes that CAVB plans to conduct online include webinars and courses for volleyball and BVB coaches, for referees (initially closed to international and candidate referees only) and  sports medicine (anti-doping, Injury prevention and maintenance, nutrition).

The statement came just days after Egyptian Football Federation lost a goalkeeper trainer to the Covid-19 virus early this week.