NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The final eight teams to compete in volleyball at
the Africa Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria have been confirmed
with Kenya being the only big name missing out of the tourney
that runs from July 19-28.
The Confederation of
African Volleyball (CAVB) on Wednesday issued a communication to
the seven teams, which will join host Algeria in the finals, and
from which the best two teams will secure qualification to the
Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October.
Defending boys and
girls champions Egypt locked out Kenya by winning the Zone Five
qualifiers in Kampala, Uganda last month.
Kenya had won the
silver medal in girls volleyball in the last games in Gaborone,
Botswana, finishing behind Egypt.
But her chance of
returning to the third edition of the games in Algiers has been
nipped in the bud by the Pharaohs who won both the boys and
girls qualification tourneys.
“The qualifiers for
the 2018 Youth African Games have been confirmed following the
end of the Zonal qualifiers across the continent. Youth African
Games finals will feature eight teams in both boys and girls
categories,” said Tarek Al-Adwar, the CAVB Press Officer.
Tunisia booked the
boys and girls tickets in zone 1 after they won the qualifiers
staged in their homeland. Gambia snatched the boys’ tickets in
zone 2, leaving the girls’ ticket for Senegal. This was the only
group that had two different countries winning ticket to the
The Nigerian boys
and girls beat Niger to clinch a zone 3 qualification berth,
while Cameroon beat DR Congo in both boys and girls qualifiers
to claim zone 4 slots.
Egypt battled it out
against Kenya and Uganda in zone 5 to clinch the two available
places in the finals, while Botswana will represent zone 6 after
cancellation of the qualifiers, which was to be held in
Mozambique. Madagascar will represent zone 7.
the seven teams joining Algeria in the finals. CAVB will
determine the replacement of any team in case of withdrawals,”
The Youth Olympic
Games are an elite multisport international event for the
world’s best young athletes between the ages of 15-18.
Buenos Aires 2018
will mark the first time that an Olympic event has had an equal
number of women and men athletes. There will be 1,999 women and
1,999 men competing in the 32 sports from Oct. 6-18.