Kenya’s Para Volleyball Teams Stranded in Nairobi

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By Cellestine Olilo

The national sitting volleyball team on Friday camped at the Ministry of Sports offices in a bid to get audience with Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.

The para volleyball team was meant to leave the country yesterday afternoon for the ParaVolley Africa Championship scheduled to serve off on September 13 in Rwanda, but had not received any communication from the ministry regarding facilitation of their travel.

“We are in a crisis. We have been here since morning and we want to stay here until someone comes to address us. We are supposed to represent the country in a major qualifier that begins in four days, but up to now we don’t know if we will travel or not,” said Polycap Mboya, the Kenya Sitting Volleyball Federation chairman.

“The ministry has approved funds to cater only for the competition registration charges and world membership fees. They don’t have anything to give the players as allowances or even to purchase training and playing kits. Where is the wisdom in catering for registration fees when the players do not have playing kits?”

The 30-member sitting volleyball squad has been in non-residential training at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani for the last three weeks under the guidance of coach Juma Walukhu.

“These players are disabled, but they have engaged in non-residential training for the last three weeks, with no lunch nor allowances whatsoever from the ministry. That is very unfortunate for a ministry that told us to give up the hosting rights of this particular competition to allow them cater for the team,” Mboya added.

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Kenya’s Para volleyball teams stranded in Nairobi

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8 2017Kenya's para volleyball team players Samson Njorege (left), Itaken Timoi (centre), Judy Osinda and Beth Wanja outside the Ministry of Sports officies in Nairobi on September 8, 2017. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya’s para volleyball team players Samson Njorege (left), Itaken Timoi (centre), Judy Osinda and Beth Wanja outside the Ministry of Sports officies in Nairobi on September 8, 2017. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By CELLESTINE OLILO
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The national sitting volleyball team on Friday camped at the Ministry of Sports offices in a bid to get audience with Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.

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