Mediamax Digital reported on Thursday that construction is underway for a sitting volleyball court in Nakuru, Kenya. UK’s Defence Students Training Unit (DSTU) had a volunteer team of thirty start the groundbreaking for the court, with the goal of having construction completed by next Friday. KES 1000000 (€8426.20) has been set aside to fund the work.
Nakuru Country director Boniface Karanja is quoted by Mediamax Digital as saying, “In our organisation’s sports section, we began by supporting Comply senior soccer team before we realised the sitting volleyball team through the Nakuru Youth Sports Association. I hence progressed to source for funds.” The county’s sitting volleyball team chairman Nicholas Muchemi is quoted by Mediamax Digital as saying, “I introduced the idea last year to my colleagues where we have been training in an open pitch at Afraha’s main pitch. Among the challenges we have been facing include lack of training facilities and hostile weather conditions.”
Sitting volleyball is currently undergoing renewed interest in Kenya, with a national team most recently competing at the World Championships African qualifiers in April. They qualified for the for the world championships in 2010 and 2011 after winning the African championships, but were unable to get the funding to compete at the world championships. The team competing in Morocco included Caleb Odiyo, Itaken Timoi, Dennis Muga, Anthony Imanyara, Paul Muriuki, Tobias Otieno, Samson Njoroge, Wilson Osumba, Polycarp Mboya, Vitalis Omondi Owako, Andrew Omwendo and James Mang’erere. Two members of the team are from Nakuru. Kenya also had a team competing at the All Africa University Games.