Uganda has promised to deliver ‘top notch’ event when Entebbe hosts the second round of the CAVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers from March 9 -13, 2020.
Edgar Karungi will head the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the newly appointed chairman has promised that Uganda, ‘a rather sleepy volleyball playing nation’, will stage a successful event when Lido Beach hosts the Group D qualifiers expected to bring together six nations — Egypt, Mozambique, Guinea and Zimbabwe in addition to the host.
“Our target is to deliver a top notch event and nothing less of that,” Karungi is quoted by InsideVolleyball.
Karungi will be assisted by at least nine others members from the CAVB Beach Commission and some members of the Uganda Volleyball Federation.
Uganda will be coached by Sam Meya who is yet to name his squad.
Meya, though, is in a catch 22 situation as most of his players are currently with their respective clubs in readiness for the upcoming indoor challenge – the Africa Women’s Club Championship.
Peace Busingye and Joanita Nabuuto are in camp with KCCA while Nnungi Saidat is also busy with KCB-Nkumba preparing for the annual event set for April 1 – 11 in Cairo, Egypt.
The winners of the zonal qualifiers will take part in the Continental Cup whose winners will eventually earn Africa tickets to the 2020 Olympics.
The Continental Cup will be a culmination of a series of competitions held in each of the continents and is expected to provide an opportunity to all volleyball federations to compete at the highest level in an open system and with the final journey being the Olympic Games.
A total of 48 slots are available for beach volleyball teams at the Olympic Games set for July in Tokyo, Japan.
Both beach and indoor games at the Olympics shall run between July 25 and August 9.