Nigeria To Host Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers


Nigeria will be hosting the final round of the Women’s Beach Volleyball qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for August 5 to August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The final Beach Volleyball Olympics qualifiers is slated to hold in Abuja from April 14 to April 17. The countries expected to compete in the tournament are; Morocco, Gambia, Namibia, Egypt, Mauritius, Rwanda, Mozambique, Burkina-Faso, Sierra-Leone and Ghana.

Rwanda has been drawn in Pool B alongside Sierra Leone, Kenya, Morocco, Ghana and Namibia, and will be seeking for top spot to qualify. In Pool A, hosts Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius, Egypt, Gambia and Burkina Faso will battle it out for a qualifying spot.

A top official with the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF) on Tuesday confirmed the arrival of at least six countries in Nigeria for the final round.

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Technical Director of the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAV), Tony Oghuma-Eghimai, say the remaining countries were expected to arrive before the end of the day.

Four players – Seraphine Mukantambara, Judith Hakizimana, Denyse Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Ndayisenga are among those expected to participate in the five-day tournament in Abuja.

According to Eghimai, South Africa and Kenya out of 12 countries have withdrawn from the competition, narrowing down the number of expected countries to just nine.

The winner will automatically qualify for the Olympics with the second and third qualifying for the World Cup and World Championship, respectively.

President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF), Habu Gumel has made everything available for Nigeria to have a good hosting. The Tournament is organised by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF) in conjunction with the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAV).

Meanwhile the men’s category are expected to play the final round in Tunisia in May.

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