Kenya Sitting Volleyball National teams are stranded in Rwanda where they are participating in the 2019 Para Volley Africa Sitting Championships.
Opera News has established that the teams; men and women, were kicked out of hotel rooms in Rwanda due to increasing unpaid dues when their hope in the government’s financial help crashed.
Photos doing round social media show dilapidated and worried players outside a Rwandese hotel with an appeal from Kenyans back at home to help the teams foot bills.
“Kenya Sitting Volleyball National team is stranded in Rwanda after the ministry of sports failed to secure them accommodation and now they have been ousted from the hotel rooms due to unpaid dues, first to clear their participation fees of USD 26200. Considering the fact that they went to represent Kenya in the open title for Rio Olympics qualification 2020 campaign in Rwanda. They are appealing to Kenyans and well-wisher to come to their aid. Even if it means sending them a bus for them to come back by road,” a social media post from an insider went round.
Prior to this, the contingent, led by the Kenya Sitting Volleyball Federation chairman Polycarp Mboya, had appealed to the government through the ministry of Sports to help them travel to Rwanda and Opera News has discovered that they eventually traveled to the host nation with no financial assistance from the government.
On their first match of the tournament, they fell 17-25, 25-18, 28-26, 19-25, 15-9 to Rwanda in Pool A, where Morocco also sits. The winners of the tournament will qualify for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
In the Women category, Kenya lost the championship to hosts Rwanda, who will now compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.