Kenya women’s volleyball team could be suspended from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should they fail to participate in the forthcoming World Championships scheduled for September 23 to October 15 this year.
Kenya Volleyball Federation Wednesday revealed that it had forwarded a 46 million shillings budget to the Ministry of Sports to foot the bill for their planned two-month High Performance Training in Brazil as well as build-up matches in Serbia and World Championships.
However, despite the early communication from the volleyball federation to the sports docket, the national government has remained coy as the clock ticks away.
A team of 20 players and two officials are supposed to leave the country for Brazil this Sunday for World Championship preps but there is no sign of commitment in terms of travel logistics facilitation from the Ambassador Amina Mohammed led ministry.
In a press briefing at the Moi International Sports Kasarani in Nairobi on Wednesday, KVF deputy chairman Charles Nyaberi pleaded with the government for urgent assistance before the country attracts the wrath of FIVB.
“FIVB have been kind to Kenya to give it chance to train at the highest level and to cater for their logistics in Brazil for the time they will be there and therefore it’s unfortunate that we are watching that opportunity pass by. We urge the government to come through for this team and more so the players who will have the chance to showcase their talent at that stage,”
“We only need air tickets, players and officials allowances and coronavirus tests funds. This is not too much to ask from the government considering our previous good working relationship,” he added.
In addition, Malkia Strikers head coach Paul Bitok revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to support the team when he invited them last year in Mombasa after taking part in the delayed Tokyo Olympics Games.
“The players didn’t train today because they are unsure of their traveling arrangements to Brazil and the World Championship. We plead with President Uhuru Kenyatta to make these plans come into fruition. We just need air tickets, allowance and Covid-19 tests funds. This is a golden opportunity that we should take with both hands,” Bitok shared.
On her part, team assistant captain Noel Murambi cried for help, holding on to the honours the girls have brought the nation previously.
“I know there is a lot of activities the government is involved in this period, but let them remember us. We have brought the country accolades and I hope previous exploits will persuade them to facilitate us,” said Murambi.
Former national team setter Jane Wacu paid the team a visit before giving her blessings in the times of tribulations.
“I wish the team all the best. Take the advantage of the chance and prosper. I would love to see you grow and do better than I did,” said Wacu.
Meanwhile, as the eleventh hour approaches, the ball lies in the sports ministry’s court with KVF’s detailed budget already presented before them.- Advertisement -