Over 70% of national Volleyball league teams have confirmed their participation at the inaugural Eldoret City Open Volleyball tournament that serves off this weekend at the Eldoret Sports Club.

The event director Paul Bitok has confirmed that the two-day event that serves off on Saturday to Sunday has, apart from the Kenyan league teams, it has also attracted Uganda and Rwanda teams.

“The tournament has attracted top teams in the country and as we speak, over 70% of the teams that compete in the national league will be competing for the crown,” said Bitok.

He added that teams from Uganda and Rwanda are set to play in the tournament and they want to make it a Granpri event to earn something.

“With good partnership, we shall reach our dream. We shall do our draw and we shall give the winners kshs 100,000 and if we get more sponsors we shall increase the prize money,” he said.

Uasin Gishu County speaker Philip Muigei, who also played volleyball said volleyball is not the second sport as others think.

“Volleyball is a professional sport. It is a well-paying job. It is not a secondary sport and we need youth so much to be involved in the sport. I know when we are organizing such event, we know some clubs are scouting for the players to be part of their clubs. I encourage coaches that we have talents in Uasin Gishu. We are known as the city of athletes but we are changing the narrative of athletes donning Eldoret but volleyball is because we have great volleyballers,” said Muigei.

North Rift Kenya Volleyball Federation chirman David Letting said that they starting one of the best tournament as a way of building an international tournament in the region.

“This region is a nursery for sports especially volleyball and athletics and the main reason of tournaments is to nurture talents and that is how we have managed to get great people like Philip Maiyo as well as Bitok himself. We are also moving from regions to counties as per the Sports Act 2013 from next year,” said Letting.

Event marketing officer Martin Keino said any major event needs support.
“We believe that such tournament needs support to build the economy of this region. The local economy is massive and we shall. People will spend so much possible and associate with best,” he said.

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