KVF lays out volleyball return-to-action plans


KVF lays out volleyball return-to-action plans
Kenya Prisons women volleyball team celebrate at Kasarani.PHOTO/Stanley Mativo/Citizen Digital

In Summary

  • Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has set the month of October as the action-return date for the National League season if the government gives the green light for sporting activities to resume in the country.
  • KVF nullified the 2020 season last month after the government maintained the ban on social gatherings including sporting activities due to the continued rise of the coronavirus cases in the country.
  • The season, which had served off in February with only one leg played, was planned to run until this month as opposed to November as part of concerted efforts by the federation to align its calendar in conformity with that of International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has set the month of October as the action-return date for the National League season if the government gives the green light for sporting activities to resume in the country.

KVF nullified the 2020 season last month after the government maintained the ban on social gatherings including sporting activities due to the continued rise of the coronavirus cases in the country.

The season, which had served off in February with only one leg played, was planned to run until this month as opposed to November as part of concerted efforts by the federation to align its calendar in conformity with that of International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

In a letter addressed to club managers, KVF Secretary General Ben Juma has called for safety return-to-action plan in order to ensure safety when Ministry of Sports announces full resumption of sports activities.

“We look forward to starting the FIVB Calendar format from October for the 2020/2021 season. Currently we are studying the circular that was issued by Ministry of Sports on resumption of sports activities in the country in line with the stipulated set conditions.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you of these new developments so that you can prepare in anticipation for full resumption. We are working on measures together with the Ministry of Sports that will ensure safety and health of all participants and with their approval we will proceed to begin playing once again,” read part of the letter.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, national women’s volleyball team head coach Paul Bitok lauded the decision by KVF to fully adopt the new league format which will be running from October and end in April.

Bitok says the changes will spur Kenya’s volleyball growth adding that interference of the league during national teams assignments will be a thing of past.

“I’m happy finally the federation has announced we will follow FIVB calendar. In the new format, the period between May and September specifically will be left for national team assignments and beach volleyball so there will be no interferences and this will accelerate volleyball growth in the country,” he weighed in.

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