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Kenya blames fatigue for exit from global sitting volleyball event

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- An official of the Kenyan contingent to the African Sitting Volleyball Championships on Wednesday blamed fatigue as the sole reason for the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Netherlands.

The president of Kenya Paralympic Volleyball Federation (KPVF), Polycarp Mboya, said the 17-hour journey by road from Nairobi to the competition venue in Kigali, Rwanda, took a heavy toll on team members while according them little time to recuperate.

“We competed against teams that had the luxury of flying to the venue of the event whereas our team members had to endure the rigors of road travel,” Mboya said.

Kenya men’s side finished in fourth place whereas their women counterparts won bronze at the five-day event held between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 and which attracted seven male teams and four female teams.

Egypt and Rwanda men’s and women’s teams both qualified for the World Cup where Africa has been allocated two slots each.

Countries that took part at the championships are Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Rwanda, DR Congo, Algeria and Egypt.

The Kenyan team took part in the competition against all odds where they received no support from relevant authorities and team members undertook training devoid of meals and allowances.

The team staged a sit in at the Ministry of Sports offices on the eve of departure demanding basic items like playing kit and allowances, but received only the latter with the Director of Administration Haron Komen promising them stipend upon return.

Kenya was supposed to host the continental event in May this year but could not raise the amount totaling to 300,000 U.S. dollars that was required to stage the tournament.

The East African nation is one of Africa’s powerhouses in the game but has never taken part in the World Cup due to financial crisis despite qualifying twice for the global event.

             

 

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