The sitting volleyball inter-counties championships kicks off Thursday morning at Makueni Boys High School.
Kenya para-volleyball boss Polycarp Mboya said the event, which is set to run till Sunday, will be used to select the national team for various international events later this year.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana will be the chief guest in the competition that will feature senior players from all the counties in the country.
In the meantime, Mboya called on well-wishers and corporate organisations to come on board and sponsor the teams and the event.
He said para-volleyball in Kenya has gained a lot of popularity but lacks financial goodwill from the government, forcing the Kenya Sitting Volleyball Federation (KSVF) to move around with begging bowls.
“It can be recalled that last year, Kenya withdrew its hosting rights for the Africa sitting volleyball championships that was programmed for May 15-22 in Nairobi after the government declined to finance the event, citing lack of funds,” Mboya, also a football player, said.
“We have witnessed some interest across the country. It is impressive that teams have been formed across the country and almost every county has a team that is well supported.”
He recalled the problems the national team faced during the African Championships in Rwanda last year due to lack of funds and urged the state to do more to help the sport.