WOTE BOUND

Ultimatum out ahead of national beach volleyball in Makueni

All players must be registered with the Beach Volleyball Information System before Friday and must have a BIVB number-Mulinge

In Summary

• Mulinge said all measures have been put in place to have the games played with or without the rains

• "If there will be no rain, the better but in case of a downpour, sand will be ferried to other nearby courts so that the games go on as planned. We have to think beyond the box,"—Mulinge

Brackcides Khadambi reacts during their Pool D opener against Brazil.
Brackcides Khadambi reacts during their Pool D opener against Brazil.
Image: REUTERS

Beach players have until Friday to register for the second national beach volleyball tour set for this weekend in Wote, Makueni.

Beach Volleyball Commission secretary Sammy Mulinge, who guided the women's team to their first-ever Olympic appearance in Tokyo,  highlighted the requirements for players and teams before they can be eligible to participate.

"All players must be registered with the Beach Volleyball Information System before Friday and must have a BIVB number," he said. 

Draws will also be conducted according to the ranking of teams and the B-VIS system will automatically generate the pools and order of matches.

The highest-ranked team will headline Pool A with the second-highest leading Pool B.

" So far, Strathmore University has presented two teams. Obviously, there are other teams that have confirmed participation but I'll have to align with the federation before making the announcement," said Mulinge. 

He added: "A minimum of 16 teams are required for the FIVB tour to be recognized. I, therefore, urge all teams to act as soon as possible to be part of this tour. Competition is expected to be cut-throat if the first tour in Homa Bay was anything to go by."

Mulinge said all measures have been put in place to have the games played with or without the rains.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us about innovation. If there will be no rain, the better but in case of a downpour, sand will be ferried to other nearby courts so that the games go on as planned. We have to think beyond the box."

"We are looking forward to having a wonderful weekend and seeing our own players here in Makueni squaring it up with other players across the other regions including Olympians in this event," said Ambrose Kisoi, the Makueni County director of sports.

     

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