Kenya is preparing itself to host the Africa Sitting Volleyball Championship slated on May 15-22 in Nairobi.
Already 13 countries have registered to take part in the continental event that will be held at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani Indoor Arena.
The countries are Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Sudan, Lesotho, Namibia, Congo, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Burundi, Egypt and hosts Kenya.
According to Kenya Sitting Volleyball President Polycarp Mboya, their aim is to win the Africa trophy and make it to the World Cup.
The federation branches held their various championships on March 24th at Masinde Muliro University and selected a 48 member team (24 men and 24 women) who will battle it out with other players to secure a chance at the final camp.
“The squad will be whittled down to the final 12 men and 12 women who will then perform duty for the country at the continental event,” Mboya said.
The Nairobi county selection for the trials were held at Kasarani Stadium Indoor Arena on the same date with the sponsorship of Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh to a tune of Sh1.1 million.
Langata beat Dagoretti 2-0(25-12, 25-6) to lift the men’s category while Kasarani and Starehe finished the Nairobi county contest in third and fourth place.
Women’s contest was won by Kamkunji who beat Kasarani 2-0(25-15, 25-19) while Langata and Starehe came in third and fourth in the category.
The winners were awarded Sh50, 000 each by Shebesh while runners up got Sh35, 000 each. Third and fourth placed teams got Sh25, 000 and 15,000 each in the categories.
A squad of 24 (12 men and 12 women) was selected to represent Nairobi County at the national trials in Kakamega.
Shebesh who has also funded the Nairobi teams’ trip to Kakamega said: “There is need to inject support in sports taken part by the disabled. By doing so we give them a level playground with the able bodied people who easily get funded to take part in competitions.’
Shebesh was funding the Nairobi Sitting Volleyball contest for the second year running. Shebesh, who has also pledged to support wheelchair boxing and wheelchair karate for the disabled, has also injected Sh1 million into wheelchair basketball who has already held their first championship.
Apart from the contest, Shebesh also advised the players to explore business opportunities to be self-reliant economically.