The Maldives national beach volleyball team is set to compete in the Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) Men’s Beach Volleyball Tour after forfeiting the opportunity to take part in the first phase of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Beach Volleyball Confederation Cup.
The team, consisting of Adam Naseem (Adam), Ismail Sajid (Kudakaatte), Ahmed Mohamed (Koke), and Ahmed Mohamed (Denzo), decided to compete in the Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) Men’s Beach Volleyball Tour, which is scheduled to be held from 13 to 16 September, instead of participating in the first phase of the AVC Beach Volleyball Confederation Cup, set to take place from 8 to 11 September. Both events will be held in Bangladesh.
Last year marked a historic achievement for beach volleyball in the Maldives as, under the guidance of experienced Brazilian coach Vinicius Martins, Adam and Kudakaatte clinched gold medals at the Asian Central Zone Beach Volleyball Championship in Bangladesh. This success came after their participation in the Commonwealth Games qualifiers. While they narrowly missed out on securing a spot in the Commonwealth Games, their victory in Bangladesh was a remarkable redemption.
In addition to their achievements on the Asian stage, the Maldivian beach volleyball team had previously won silver and bronze medals at the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in Mauritius. Unfortunately, beach volleyball was not included in this year’s IOIG in Madagascar. Furthermore, the Enoch World Beach Games, originally scheduled to be held in Indonesia in August, were canceled, adding to the team’s determination to shine at the upcoming CAVA events.
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