Up to 17 counties of Kenya have already confirmed their readiness to send their squads to Machakos in order to take part in the National Trials of the sitting volleyball. The given event will be held on August 9-12.
The participants include: Uasin Gishu, Kitui, Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Migori, Meru, Trans Nzioa, Busia, Makueni, Siaya, Nairobi, Kisumu, Machakos, Vihiga, Nyeri, Isiolo, Nakuru, Mombasa.
A squad to be trained for a maiden qualification to the upcoming the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan is going to be selected by the Kenya Sitting Volleyball Federation.
Only the best teams will be allowed to take part in trials, as Polycarp Mboya, the KSVF chairman pointed out. For this purpose, KSVF will team up with KVF and a panel of four experienced trainers will be choosing a provisional team of 18 sportsmen.
As Polycarp Mboya told, the chosen provisional team will be granted one day to have rest before proceeding to non-residential drills at the Aga Khan facility or the Moi Stadium Indoor Arena.
The Kenyan team was deprived of an opportunity to take part of 2016 Rio Olympics having been outperformed by Egypt and Rwanda at the 2015 qualifiers.
The squads will be hunting for the two slots for both genders in the approaching Africa Paralympics Volley championship-cum Olympic qualifiers expected to be held on September 13-23 in Rwanda.
The Kenyan squad is expected to face off with seven nations, in particular, Burundi, Algeria, Egypt, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Morocco.
Sitting volleyball suggests playing in a sitting position. As a rule, it’s played by disabled people. That’s one of the evolving sports in this African country. Unfortunately, it’s spread is hampered by Kenya’s poor funding and infrastructure.
KSVF’s decision to hold those trials outside Nairobi is expected to boost this kind of sport in the African country.