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Kenya risks missing at sitting volleyball
qualifiers due to lack of funds

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya stands at the risk of not taking part at the 2017 Africa Para Sitting Volleyball World Cup Qualifiers if the government does not make available 280,000 U.S. dollars to prepare the teams for participation.

The event, scheduled for May 15-22 in Nairobi, will be used to select the men’s and women’s teams that will participate at the Sitting Volleyball to be held in July next year at The Hague, Netherlands.

“We have never taken part at the Sitting Volleyball World Cup despite Kenya having qualified for the event twice in the past. It is our hope that this time round, the government will facilitate our participation,” Polycarp Mboya, the President of the Kenya Sitting Volleyball said on Wednesday.

Mboya said that the money is intended for accommodation, players’ allowances, hiring of venue and other expenses for the 24-member team in each category which will be whittled down to 12 players each.

Sitting volleyball is played by athletes with physical disability and encompasses all age groups and both genders.

Fifteen countries are expected to compete at the qualifiers which will be used to select the top two teams in the men’s and women’s categories for the global event.

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Kenya teams seek to dominate Africa women’s club volleyball in Tunisia

By John Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s representatives to the Africa women’s club championships Kenya Prisons will be keen to end their decade long jinx by lifting this year’s crown when the tournament starts in Monastir, Tunisia on Thursday.

The team, coached by Japheth Munala left for Tunis on Wednesday, buoyant of securing a win in the one week tournament.

The winner of the tournament earns a slot to compete at the qualifying rounds of the World Club Championships, which will be held in Japan in September.

“We have our eyes cast on the title. It has been a while since we won, but we now have a good team and are willing to take on whatever challenge, especially from teams in Egypt and Tunisia, who have dominated the competition of late,” said Munala.

Kenya Pipeline have lifted the African Women Volleyball Club trophy a record seven times. Kenya will also have a second team, Prisons who have lifted the title five times.

For this year’s event, more than ten clubs are expected to compete for the bragging rights as Africa’s queen. The event will mark the 27th anniversary of the games and starts April 6-16.

The Women’s African Volleyball Clubs Championship is the most prestigious women’s volleyball competition for clubs in Africa organized by Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) since 1986.

             

 

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