Cheaper to host international competition - Speid
As Jamaica gets ready to host 32 teams at this weekend's North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Beach Tour in Ocho Rios, Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVa) President Rudolph Speid said it is more economical to host events than to send teams abroad.
The JaVA president said that while international competitions help Jamaica to increase its profile, JaVA has had to decline invitations for teams to travel for international tournaments because of the costs.
"It is actually cheaper to host than to send teams away on a regular basis. When you send away a team there is no income, and the truth is, volleyball is not one of the popular sports and we don't get a lot of assistance," Speid said.
"(With hosting) we are able to break even with sponsorship and when we send away a team, everything is a cost and unless the Government helps us out, we don't have a lot of money," he said.
Jamaica last hosted an international competition with the World Cup qualifiers. This weekend's event, which runs through to Sunday, will feature teams from second-ranked regional competitors, the United States, along with Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Dominica Republic, US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, and Trinidad and Tobago.
"Jamaica will be entering five teams - three female and two male - because of our host position, and we took advantage of a slot that was empty," said Speid.
Jamaica will also include a male and female youth team who are expected to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games this summer.
"We are giving the players an opportunity to play in this tournament for practice before they go on to the Commonwealth Youth Games," he said.