NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Lack of a second indoor gym has locked Kenya out of bidding to
host the 2019 men’s and women’s African Nations Volleyball
The two competitions
are critical in selecting the teams that will represent Africa
at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan.
The men’s World Cup
will be from Oct. 1-15 while the women’s event will run from
Sept. 14-29, featuring 12 teams including the hosts.
The FIVB Volleyball
World Cup is one of the three major volleyball championships in
the world, and Japan has been hosted every edition of the
tournament since 1977.
Kenya has only one
functioning indoor gym facility of international standard in
Nairobi. However, the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB)
on Monday opened up the bidding process for hosting the 2019
African Nations Volleyball Championships and said only cities
with two or more indoor facilities will qualify.
CAVB President Dr.
Amr Elwani, in a statement, said the process will determine the
host for all CAVB senior championships in November 2019.
“CAVB is determined
to ensure and sustain the implementation of competitive bidding
process in selecting the host for all African future events,”
said Elwani on Monday.
The continental body
is seeking consistency in the way they award championships.
African body would hand pick any country without assessing its
facilities to stage its competition. However, starting in 2019,
a transparent and open bidding process will be put in place.
“We are keen to see
consistency on how these events are organized and presented, as
well as providing CAVB and national federations the opportunity
for greater development and marketing and ensuring suitable
playing conditions to the players,” said Elwani.
The two tournaments
will be used as qualifiers to the 2019 FIVB World Cup for men
and women, respectively.
“CAVB thus, invites
all interested national federations or cities to submit their
bid to host either of the competition, the premier in
continental volleyball,” said CAVB Press officer Tarek Al-Adwar.
are free to submit bids for both the men’s and the women’s
events but on separate application forms. They may also submit
independent bids for either of the championship.
The winner of the
bid shall pay to CAVB a consolidated minimum fee of 3.06 billion
shillings (30,000 U.S. dollars).
The women’s 2019
African Volleyball Championship shall be held before the end of
July while the men’s tourney will be before Aug. 10.
“CAVB will appoint
inspection team to visit and inspect the facilities for the
organization before the awards are confirmed,” said Al-Adwar.
“The host will also
be required to guarantee availability of at least two separate
competition halls and one training hall,” Al-Adwar said.