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.