The National women’s Beach Volleyball team requires Ks. 1.5 million to honor the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Australia next month.
The Kenya Pipeline duo of Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makhoha qualified to the World championships during the African qualifiers staged in Mozambique last April. But their participation, which will be Kenya’s second in a raw now lies in limbo due to lack of funds with reports that the government is yet to commit funds for the games that are close to a month away.
The team is expected to have at least 20 days training before leaving for the championship set to serve off on July 28 to August 6th.
The money is expected to go to carter for the local and foreign allowance and the air ticket.
“We still don’t have the money but we must send this team. Currently I am heading to the ministry to push for the funding from the government, ” said KVF secretary general Ben Juma.
Interestingly, Kenya will not send a coach to accompany the players for the directive by the international volleyball mother body quashing the position of a coach at the senior level.
“Even if we were to send a coach, he or she will not be allowed to be on the court during matches in line with FIVB practice,” added Juma.
FIVB abolished the position of a coach for the senior level in the last board of administration meeting.
Lack of government commitment saw the national women’s volleyball team, Malkia Strikers withdraw from this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix set to serve off next month in various cities in Europe, Asia and South America.
Meanwhile KVF is in talks with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to set up a beach volleyball court at Ng’etho, the source of Ndakaini dam, in Muranga County.
KVF president Waithaka Kionia said that such a facility will greatly reduce the cost of preparing beach teams who usually train in Mombasa.
“Having a beach court in Murang’a will not only help nurture more talent but also reduce the cost of preparing our teams for future assignments,” said Kioni who hosted Nairobi City Water managing Director Eng. Phillip Gachuki on Wednesday morning.
It is understood that there was growing fears that sports sector of Nairobi Water could be disbanded following the slow stream of revenue brought about by the water shortage but Gachuki assured players of support and future partnership with KVF.
“We will continue to support our teams in the league as we seek to have the Chairman’s cup (Ndakaini leg) as an annual event to continue creating awareness to the public to understand the importance of Ndakaini dam which is the biggest source of all the water used in Nairobi,” said Gachiki.
Nairobi Water sponsored the second leg of the biggest local volleyball series, which was held at Ndakaini in April.