Kenyan clubs 'face time out in the cold' as CAVB threatens KVF with censure

Kenyan clubs could be barred from competing at the forthcoming women's Africa Club Volleyball Championships after the country withdrew its hosting rights for the event.

Tuesday March 1 2016

KVF chairman Waithaka (left), Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario (centre) and  national women's volleyball team head coach David Lung'aho pose for a photo at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the team arrived from the FIVB Grand Prix in Australia on July 14, 2015. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

KVF chairman Waithaka Kioni (left), Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario (centre) and national women's volleyball team head coach David Lung'aho pose for a photo at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the team arrived from the FIVB Grand Prix in Australia on July 14, 2015. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DAVID KWALIMWA
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Kenyan clubs could be barred from competing at the forthcoming women's Africa Club Volleyball Championships after the country withdrew its hosting rights for the event.

This is if the sport's continental body CAVB makes good its threat to sanction the Kenya Volleyball Federation for failing to host the annual competition. The event has since been moved to Tunisia.

"The CAVB board of administration will figure out the sanctions to be taken against the Kenyan Federation after the damages caused by their withdrawal less than eight weeks before the onset of their event," said a communique from the Cairo-based continental body sent on Tuesday.

Expulsion of teams and heavy fines are the most common sanctions handed out to affiliate bodies by their continental masters.

Kenya is set to be represented at the competition by last year's finalists Kenya Pipeline, the tournament's five-time winners Kenya Prisons, alongside Kenya Commercial Bank.

When contacted, Kenya Volleyball Federation Waithaka Kioni downplayed the issue saying it will be unfair to sanction the country.

"We will discuss with them and if possible fight on," Kioni, who doubles up as CAVB's Vice President, said.

Kioni said lack of appropriate infrastructure was the main reason KVF wrote to CAVB informing them of the decision to pull out last week.

"We were expecting more than 12 teams from all over Africa. This requires two indoor competition halls and two training indoor halls which we don't have."

Only the Safaricom Indoor Arena at Kasarani meets the required standards of hosting such events.

Despite being classified as an indoor sport by the international body FIVB, 90 percent of volleyball games in Kenya including top flight league matches are still played outdoor, on grass, mainly owing to the unavailability of indoor halls.

Meanwhile, CAVB has confirmed the competition will be held from April 22-30 in the Tunisian capital. CAVB defined the date of March 20 as a deadline to accept the participating teams.

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