The Star (Nairobi)

Burundi: Musumba Leads Vollyball to Burundi Tournament

General Service Unit's Bernard Musumba leads the Kenya beach volleyball team to an invitational tournament scheduled for this weekend in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Musumba will partner with his GSU teammate Alex Kariuki while Ulinzi duo of Elisha Aliwa and Sila Makiso will form the second men's team.

Veteran national team players Edna Rotich of Ulinzi and Kenya Commercial Bank's Eunice Maiyo form the first women's team while the second comprises of Nairobi Water's Naomi and Agripina Kundu from Kenya Pipeline.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) beach volleyball commission member, Ben Juma, said the players were selected on basis of having been tested before in the beach sport. Rwanda-based Kenyan coach Sammy Mulinge will link up with the team in Bujumbura.

The teams departed yesterday for Burundi on road.Meanwhile, beach Volleyball will not be included on the programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following a decision by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

The Corporation reaffirmed that no additional sports would be proposed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games sports programme that comprises 10 core sports (including para-sports) and an additional seven optional sports, capping the number at 17.

"The sports programme was carefully developed to provide a balance of sports with consideration given to potential athlete participation levels, the number of Commonwealth nations hosting international tournaments and participant numbers from the Commonwealth at world championships" said GOLDOC Chairman, Nigel Mr Chamier OAM. "We are confident that the disciplines featured in our event will have international appeal and attract the very best athletes," he said.

Mr Chamier said the formal submissions for inclusion received from beach volleyball as well as canoeing, judo and ten pin bowling were reviewed over the last six months.

"The review was conducted in accordance with the strict criteria set by the CGF for inclusion in the Commonwealth Games," said Mr Chamier.

"All four applicants failed to meet a sufficient number of criteria to warrant being proposed to the CGF for inclusion in the 2018 sports programme," he said.

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