New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Beach Volleyball Secures International Approval

Ugandan beach volleyball continued to receive support from the international governing body FIVB in the just ended season.

The support was geared at uplifting the technical and administrative departments of the Beach Volleyball Commission.

FIVB acted after indicating approval for the consistence shown by the commission in running their activities.

The commission, under Uganda Volleyball Federation, ended the season on a high after referee Hannington Nsubuga got international recognition from FIVB.

Nsubuga, the first to reach this level from East Africa, can now officiate at various world engagements including the Olympic Games.

The commission chairman Mofaht Masaba is optimistic Nsubuga's elevation will help the game grow on the domestic stage.

Elsewhere, the Club International championship that attracted players from the East African region, was the only one of it's kind held in the season.

But the Kenya and Rwanda legs of the same competition were not held because of lack of money.

There was an improved level of competition as different winners in both the men's and women's categories of the show emerged.

At different stages of the competitions, top players were shown the exit. They fell as early as the group stages.

The fourth leg of the National Beach Volleyball Circuit was a gripping contest in both the men's and women's categories.

Shilla Omuriwe Buyungo, who paired with Margaret Nambasa, emerged victors in the final with a 2-1 victory. The players' display in this event had those held before saw them finish the season as the joint top seed.

In the men's category, Emma Kato and new partner Dickson Limo outwitted Amon Ainebyona and Isaac Omedo in the final for the title.

The winners eliminated title favourites Dickens Otim and Ambrose Okello in the semi-finals.

However, the lack of funds accounted for failure of the youth and junior national teams to proceed to the next round of African qualifiers for the World Cup.

The teams had advanced to round one. At the same time, a 10-year strategic plan is being worked on.

The Beach Volleyball Commission will launch the plan in the 2013. Masaba said that the plan will spur beach volleyball development.

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