Regulars Nairobi Water volleyball teams (men and women) have backed out of this weekend’s Genocide Memorial volleyball tournament set for Kigali, Rwanda.
The water teams pulled out of the two-day event due to financial constraints.
Nairobi Water sports supervisor, Joseph Kihara, regretted the development. “We have been the only Kenyan representatives in the annual event and it is sad that we won’t honour this year’s event due to a shoe-string budget. We have the forthcoming Water Companies Sports Associations (WASCA) Games set for next month and really a lot of money will be involved,” noted the official.
He added: “Our ladies team settled for bronze medal while our men’s team finished fourth during last year’s event and we would have loved them to go but now these teams will have to concentrate on the ongoing Kenya Volleyball Federation national league and hopefully we will make a come back to the next year’s tournament.”
With Nairobi Water teams out of the event, national primary school games volleyball champions St Augustine Muruto girls and Kabiyet Township will feature in the event for the first time since inception in 1995. The Rift Valley region outfit got an invite to participate in the event by virtue of winning last month’s primary school games.
St Augustine head teacher Cleophas Rugut said they were ready to participate in the event. Rugut observed: “We are aware the stakes are high considering that we are the only representatives from Kenya and the fact that this is our first time to feature in such an International event.”
He added: “We will give our best shot in the event but what we are after is to learn and get the experience and exposure that will come in handy going forward.”
The event is held annually in remembrance of over 50 members of the volleyball fraternity who include players, coaches, and administrators as well as other Rwandese who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.