Volleyball, second best sport in Kenya in 2011

25 January 2012

Nairobi, Kenya, January 24, 2012- Volleyball was chosen the second best Sport in Kenya during the year during the 2011 SOYA Awards, at which  Prisons women’s volleyball team that represented Africa in the FIVB World Club Championship emerged the best sports team of the year while the National Men’s team gaining the bronze medal as the 2011 All Africa Games had been declared the second best national team of the year.
 Kenya Volleyball Federation “KVF” President Waithaka Kioni declared the achievement upon the first KVF National Executive Committee (NEC) held their first meeting this year at its Secretariat at Nyayo National Stadium this weekend with the view of reviewing events of the previous season and plan ahead.
 Kioni appreciated the NEC’s cooperation during 2011 that had led to the Federation registering a satisfactory year with these awards.
 The future of Kenyan volleyball proved promising following exemplary performance by local schools in East Africa Secondary Schools Championships where Cheptil boys and Malava girls won the country regional trophies.
 Malava ended up as second runners-up in the SOYA gala while Cheptil were among the top five nominees in the schools category.
 The Chairman sounded optimistic that the KVF will achieve better results this season as the National women’s volleyball team prepares to participate in 2012 Olympics Qualifiers scheduled for Blida, Algeria from 1 to 5 February 2012.
 Four teams namely: Kenya, Algeria, Egypt and Seychelles are going to compete in the Olympic Qualifiers for the African berth.
The meeting resolved to communicate with potential sponsors about the dates of tournaments and required sponsorship packages; i.e., minimum of Ksh100,000 since the cost of organising a tournament has become very expensive, ranging between Sh80,000 to Sh100,000.
The federation warned that they would strike out of their calendar of competition tournament whose sponsors will not have confirmed funding them by given deadlines.
The federation decided that they will sanction individuals, who include players, who collude with foreigners to sneak talents out of the country without their (KVF) knowledge.
On matters of volleyball development, the Chairman informed the meeting that FIVB had sent to the Federation 1700 Mikasa (soft) balls for the youth development and was to send 700 nets in due course.
It was resolved that the balls are distributed to various primary schools during provincial inter-primary school games and to select international schools having indoor facilities.
 
By Oscar Pilipili, KVF press officer



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