NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women’s volleyball team has been omitted
from the Montreux Masters, an international friendly tournament
that brings together top continental teams led by Olympic
champions China ahead of the world championships in Japan.
The Montreux Masters
will be held this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. With Kenya
not making the cut, organizers have instead chosen African
champions Cameroon to be one of the eight teams taking part in
They will be joined
by China, Brazil, Italy and hosts Switzerland.
Six of the eight
participating teams will use the tournament to test their
readiness for the upcoming women’s world championship , which
will run from Sept 29 to Oct 20 in Japan.
“We were not
invited, but it would have been the best place to gauge our
performances and speed. Playing against the biggest teams like
China is a bonus and good for the preparations for the world
championships,” said David Lunh’aho, Kenya’s national team
said Kenya will be looking forward to having their own
preparations and build up matches in Japan.
China will face
their biggest test yet when they play Switzerland in Pool A of
the Montreux Masters as well as Turkey and Italy. All four teams
will be heading to Japan for the world championships.
These three sides
will be in the same group (Pool B) at the world championships
Brazil will be the
leaders in the second group in Montreux where they will face
Russia. Continental champions Cameroon will become the first
African team to take part in the Montreux Volley Masters.
Poland are the only
team in the pool who will not be playing at the world
In addition to
fine-tuning their performance ahead of the world championships,
Brazil will face the task of defending their 2017 Montreux
Masters title. “The Montreux Volley Masters will serve as a
barometer for the main competition of the season and it will
help us know what we need to improve on for the future,” said
Brazil’s coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes.
championships has 24 teams with the top three gaining automatic
qualification to the 2020 Japan Olympic Games.
Kenya is pooled in
Group D alongside Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan, the Dominican
Republic and Puerto Rico.