The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF) says it is set to develop the game in the South-South region.
Dr Ebenezer Marokinyo, Vice President of the federation said at the opening ceremony of the 1st South-South Volleyball Championship in Port Harcourt, Rivers State that the competition was aimed at discovering talents and to take the youths off the streets.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the competition was organised in conjunction with Master Energy Oil and Gas Ltd and Mr. Dakuku Peterside, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Andoni/Opobo federal constituency.
“We have six male teams and three female teams on ground. The teams that are on ground are: Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa and Delta and then we have Nigerian Police Force and Shell Volleyball Club. For the female, we have the Rivers, Bayelsa teams and Shell club.
“The vision for this championship is to bring the youth together in such a way they will be able to use their energies in constructive ways and to take them off the street; and so they will not be participating in nefarious activities.
“And also, we have the vision to develop the game of volleyball in the South-South where we have abundance of volleyball talents.
“And we hope that through this championship, we will be able to discover new ones apart from the ones that are already participating for the national team; we will be able to discover new talents that will be nurtured, developed and bring them to the national team and wear national colour.”
He said that the federation would not relent in its effort at supporting any platforms for youth development in the country.
Marokinyo urged the youth in the region to embrace sporting activities as a way of combating social vices in the society.
He assured that the talents discovered in the competition would be groomed for future national and international competitions.