NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan setter Jane Wacu is hopeful her service
will help her country register better performances at the World
Volleyball Championships in Japan later this year.
Wacu, a former
setter with Chamalieres (France), is back in Kenya to join the
national team training camp in Nairobi from her current club,
Seychelles champions Anse Royale (ARSU).
Championships, the flagship volleyball competition, will be held
in six cities in Japan including Yokohama, Hamamatsu, Kobe,
Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20.
Kenya, who qualified
together with Cameroon to represent Africa at the championships,
has been drawn in Pool D, which also has Serbia, Brazil,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan.
Host Japan was
paired with the Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Cameroon and
Mexico in Pool A. Reigning Olympic champion China and Italy will
take on Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada and Cuba in Pool B while in
Pool C, reigning world champion USA will play Russia, South
Korea, Thailand, Azerbaijan and Trinidad and Tobago.
Pressure will be on
the 2015 FIVB World Cup winner, 2016 Olympic champion and 2017
FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winner China to cement their grip
at the top. The Chinese women’s team has won every major
international volleyball title in each of the last three years
and would love to continue that dominance in 2018.
takes on even greater importance when you look at last season,
when the Chinese had to settle for a disappointing fourth place
at the final round of the last ever FIVB World Grand Prix on
home soil in Nanjing.
This year’s Women’s
World Championships has left China hungry to win gold again,
after 32 years.
volleyball team pulls out of Africa Youth Games
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Financial constraints have forced Kenya’s girls’
volleyball team to pull out of the Africa Youth Games, which
will be held in Algiers, Algeria from July 17-27.
Federation Secretary General Ben Juma confirmed Wednesday they
had failed to secure the team’s sponsorship.
Kenya had initially
failed to secure direct qualification to the Africa Youth Games
having lost to Egypt in Zone Five qualification in Kampala.
Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) granted Kenya a
second chance after Madagascar withdrew from the tournament.
Kenya are the event
silver medalist after losing to Egypt in the 2014 finals in
Gaborone, Botswana. Madagascar had been selected to represent
Zone Seven after winning in the qualifiers but opted out of the
“It is a pity that
the government had already made up its budget for the games and
our late qualification cannot be factored. Kenya had benefited
from the withdrawal of Madagascar and it was a good opportunity
for the young players,” said Juma Wednesday in Nairobi.
Kenya will instead
send two teams of beach volleyball players (girls and boys) to
the tournament hoping to expose them to the best in the
“The KVF National
Executive Council has opted to field a beach volleyball teams.
They are few and their budget is friendly to the pocket,” he
Kenya’s girls’ team
had been drawn in Pool A against hosts Algeria, Nigeria and
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Pool B has Cameroon,
Tunisia, Egypt and Botswana.
CAVB has not
confirmed if they will fill the open vacancy after Kenya’s
Kenya government is
yet to announce the budget for the games though National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) who are organizing the country’s team
have indicated they want to send as many athletes as possible to
KVF has since
appointed beach volleyball expert Sammy Mulinge, who is based in
Mombasa, to coach the team.
The team will start
their training on Monday in Nairobi before moving to Mombasa.
The best two boys
and girls team from Algeria will secure automatic place to
compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in
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. .