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KENYA VOLLEYBALL TEAM OUT OF OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS

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GetImage.asmxKenya men’s volleyball team chances of playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics went up in smokes after it emerged that they have withdrawn from the qualifiers.

This comes after the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) revealed that financial constraints have thrown their dreams of playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics into disarray.

This means that Kenya will miss out on the continental qualifier that was slated to kick-off on Tuesday January 5 in Congo Brazaville where 22 African nations are scheduled to cross swords.

KVF vice-chairman Martin Makokha, who was speaking to a local daily said that the botched qualifier is as a result of financial commitment from the Ministry of Sports as well as the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

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“We will break camp and disband the team. The players will not be heading to Brazzaville. The little money we received from our sponsors will be used for preparing the women’s team,” Makokha told the Daily Nation Sport.

Kenya was keen to cause hurdle for 5-time All African Games gold medalist Egypt, 3-time African Champions Algeria, Tunisia and Cameroon who are also keen to punch their names on the one ticket up for grabs to represent the continent in the summer Olympics in Brazil.

The newly appointed men’s national team coach Paul Gitau said, “I am lost for words. I cannot tell why the government should deny our young men an opportunity to compete at the biggest sporting event in the world.”

In the meanwhile, Kenya will shift focus on the women’s volleyball team, the Malkia Strikers who confirmed their participation in the women’s qualifiers scheduled to take place in February in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Photo: SDE

 

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