NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan volleyball team will join Burundi,
Egypt, Mozambique and hosts Algeria in the battle for the 2018
Youth African Games to be held in Algiers from July 19 to 28.
still open and Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) is
hoping more teams will come out for the tournament, an
elementary level event, where the winner will take part in next
year’s World Youth Championships in South Africa.
Tarek Al-Adwar, the
CAVB Press Officer, confirmed that the registration for the
volleyball competition will be closed on Feb 14.
“It is important to
know which teams will be coming so that we may determine the
number of countries and consider the system to qualify eight
teams in both men and women categories,” he said.
Egypt, Mozambique and Burundi have already sent their official
registration to participate in the quadrennial event,” he
The Youth African
Games started in 2010 in Morocco and its second edition was
hosted in Botswana in 2014.
The Games featured
approximately 2000 athletes from 51 African countries competing
in 21 sports. Gambia, Eritrea and Mauritania were the only
African countries absent from the Games.
Kenya won silver
medal in volleyball at the last competition in Botswana and will
be eyeing a challenge to Egypt for the gold medal in Algeria.
Kenya finished the
Games in sixth position with 25 medals - seven gold, 11 silvers
and seven bronze, which was a big improvement from the single
gold they won at the inaugural edition in Morocco eight years
ago. Egypt topped the count with 45 gold and a total of 92
professionalizing the level of competitions in Africa, the
African Youth Games also serve as a trial run for young African
athletes prior to taking part in the Olympics and also
contribute to the development of African sport by fostering
Olympic values on the continent.