The 2020 Women's Senior Volleyball tournament started in January and was stopped in March by the first executive order.
The 2021 Senior Women's Volleyball tournament would not start in January, assured the president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, César Trabanco .
“What I am almost convinced of is that it will not be in January,” said the federative president.
January is the month in which the regular season for Women's Senior Volleyball traditionally begins. The male starts around summer, although in recent years he has alternated his calendars between that time and Christmas.
Trabanco explained that he doubts that the Women's Superior tournament will start in January because as of today, entering the last quarter of 2020, there is still uncertainty in Puerto Rico as to when competitive sports will be able to be played as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, the leader understands that the government will extend the ban on competitive sports, which will end on October 2. He also said that proxies feel pessimistic about starting in January 2021.
“I believe it for both reasons,” Trabanco said, pointing to his knowledge as a doctor and citizen about the behavior of the pandemic and the feelings of the attorneys.
Trabanco also doubted that Puerto Rico will be financially stable in January so that the attorneys can support their teams. He gave as an example his practice as a doctor.
“I work Wednesdays in Yauco and he finished seeing patients at seven at night. I finished today, “he said around 5:00 pm on Wednesday.” People are cautious. They asked for theaters and they are not going. “
Trabanco, who was reelected to his post in August, and his working group met on Saturday to make a work plan for 2021. Trabanco explained that other topics at the meeting were the beach modality and the national minor and adult teams .
Among those present at the meeting was the director of the Senior Women's Volleyball tournament, José 'Picky' Servera , and he confirmed Trabanco's statements.
Servera added that he could spend a year of inactivity in the Women's Superior Volleyball because, otherwise, he would put the components of the tournament, including the public, at risk.
“I believe it because of the vaccine,” he said.
There is no certainty about when any country will develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
The 2020 Women's Senior Volleyball tournament started in January and was stopped in March by the first executive order. Eventually, the league's proxies voted unanimously to cancel the entire tournament.
Servera completely ruled out making a 'bubble' as a remedy to start Senior Women's Volleyball in January because it is a very expensive project. He added that in October, after the new executive order is announced, he will summon proxies to discuss the 2021 tournament.
The four minor women's and men's teams have their respective world championships scheduled for 2021.
Uncertainty with minor combined
On the other hand, the minor teams are also in uncertainty. Those teams have their respective world championships in 2021. The minor teams are U18 and U20 for women and U19 and U21 for men.
The Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean Volleyball (Norceca, in English) said this week that the qualification processes for the junior world championships have to be completed before the end of February 2021. Failing that, Norceca announced that the criteria for Classification to the world would be the ranking within the Confederation.
By ranking within the Confederation, the women's U18 and men's U19 teams would classify their respective World Cups. The U18 and U19 World Cups have four spaces reserved for Norceca teams. Puerto Rico is the third best classified in the area in both branches.