The penultimate 7th Leg of the 8 Leg Zone VI Beach Volleyball Tour gets underway at
Durban’s North Beach from 20-22 January. After an absence of almost three decades international beach volleyball returns to the mecca of the sport in Durban.
The Zonal hierarchy planned the Zonal Tour to be played by the ten member states to create interest in beach volleyball and at the same time boost the growth of beach volleyball in the Zone. Attractive cash incentives as prize money have increased the number of participants in the ‘’fastest growing sport’’ on the African Continent.
The 8 Leg Zonal Tour started in Maputo, Mozambique early in 2022 was followed up by a sparkling event in Johannesburg, South Africa. The curtain comes down on the 8 Leg Zonal Tour in Maputo, Mozambique in February 2023. At the final leg cash prizes in US dollars will be paid to the top contenders of the Zonal Tour.
Meanwhile a record number of teams from South Africa have registered for the event, knowing full well that the road to podium will not be an easy one. Beach volleyball in Mozambique has ‘’skyrocketed’’ after the country enlisted the services of a Beach Volleyball coach from Brazil. After having played in six events the teams from Mozambique lead the Zonal Tour log.
Given their past glories on the SA Beach circuit South Africa’s hopefuls, Palesa Sekhonyana and Natasha Webber are confident that they will be among the medallist in Durban.
In the male category, the vastly experienced Leo Williams who plies his trade on the FIVB European beach volleyball circuit has teamed up with youngster, Danilo von Ludwigger, a medical student from Pretoria. The dup realises the enormity of the task. Danillo is tipped to be among the young players category together with Deloshen Valaitham, Kemoloile Osteweleng and Heiko Guther as future beach volleyball prospects. Leo and Danilo realise the enormity of the task at hand especially against Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Regardless they plan to upset the top contenders.
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