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Women’s volleyball team gets 2014 Grand Prix nod

The world volleyball governing body has officially entered Kenya’s national women’s team in the 2014 Grand Prix championship.

The Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) included the team in the prestigious series consisting of the world’s top teams. The competition is based on a model similar to that of the IRB Sevens circuit.

“This is big news, we have been waiting for this opportunity all along…I am certain this is the best platform to expose our players because we have not been performing well on the world stage,” women’s coach David Lungaho told Nairobi News.

This decision was reached at during the World Grand Prix Council meeting held at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne Swizerland on Monday, where it was resolved to increase the number of participating teams to 28 from 20.

“This is the best news I have received in a while, I am excited that people are starting to take note of our improving performance.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) chairman Waithaka Kioni appealed to corporate sponsors to come on board and support the team as it prepares for the Grand Prix.

The 28 nations have been divided into 19 pools with 12 – defending champions and world No 1 Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand – playing in the top pools A to I.