The Gambia Volleyball Federation is preparing to host the second round of the 2020 Olympic Games beach volleyball qualifiers in Banjul scheduled to take place from March 12th – 16th 2020 at Palma Rima Beach.
This will be the third time Gambia hosts a CAVB sanctioned event after successfully hosting Zone II Olympic qualifiers in December 2019.
The Gambia beach volleyball teams’ head coach, Pa Barrow, says their ultimate goal is to leave an everlasting mark in Africa’s beach volleyball history. “We are tipped as favorites to represent Africa at the Tokyo Games in July and I think we are ready to make this a reality,” he said.
Kenya, Mauritius, South Sudan, Botswana and host Gambia will battle for the two spot available for grab in Group C men to the final round of the qualifiers.
The President of The Gambia Volleyball Federation Bai Dodou Jallow expressed delight over Gambia’s hosting of the flagship event. “We are happy that Gambia’s bid had been accepted by the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) to host this very important event and we are looking forward to another successful event.”
For captain Amadou Jarju, the focus is on winning and breaking a continental qualifying record. “Our goal is to make our country proud by bringing back medals and creating records, so that people can follow volleyball.”
The Gambia men beach volleyball team are current champions of Africa and are ranked 3rd in Africa.