Kenya Volleyball federation and the government has been exposed the Kenya volleyball team was withdrawn from this year’s International Volleyball (FIVB) World Grant Prix set for Peru.
The two day event that kicks off on 7th July to 8th July, the Kenyan position has been given to Colombia.
According to KVF chairman Waithaka Kioni, Kenya pulled out of the event because of insufficient funds where Ksh.20 million was required to make their third appearance at the event.
Kenya who performed poorly in last year’s event were given a reprieve to compete in this year’s Grand Prix.
Kenya were reinstated to play in Group 2 by FIVB after a second African side, Cameroon were included.
“Taking part in the event is a costly affair. We don’t have that amount to take part in this year’s event. We still have a lot of debts to pay and so we will be incurring more debts if we are to take part in this year’s event,” Kioni explained.
Last year Kenya was faced with the same scenario of pulling out of the event after they had won Group 3 of the 2015 World Grand Prix until FIVB opted to pay all the expenses for the team for last year’s event.
KVF require around Ksh.5.5 million for the air tickets and close to Ksh.2 million towards the allowances for the 18 member squad that includes 14 players and four officials.
Until last year, FIVB catered for the participating teams’ air tickets, meals and accommodation. They now require teams to cater for these expenses.
Kenya has since been replaced by Colombia who will now join Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, South Korea and Hungary as the new entrants to the elite competition.
In 2015, Kenya made history as the first African country to have won an international trophy when Malkia Strikers lifted the prestigious World Grand Prix – Group 3 in Australia.
Kenya was scheduled to open her Group Two campaign against Peru, Puerto Rico and Czech Republic in the opening leg.