Nigeria Pick Beach Volleyball Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ticket
By Niyi Busari
Following withdrawal of Kenya, Cape Verde and Congo DR from the Pool C of the second round of Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) helped Nigeria qualify for last rpund of the beach volleyball event in 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Pool C of the second round of CAVB Continental cup that supposed to start on Thursday at Jabi-Lake in Abuja, Nigeria could not commence due to withdrawal of three participating countries namely Kenya,Cape Verde and Democratic republic of Congo.
Addressing the cross section of journalists at the venue, the Chairman of the Control board committee of the tournament and President, CAVB Beach Volleyball Commission, Ahmed Khanou spoke on the reason behind the withdrawal of the three countries stressing that it will not have effect on the determination of two qualifiers from the pool.
“The three countries, Cape Verde, Kenya and Congo DR, I learnt have withdrawn due to the latest dreadful Corona virus, it was reported has been discovered in Nigeria but I equally received a message that Zambian team has just arrived Nigeria few hours ago.” Khanou emphasises.
Khanou who expressed delight on the arrangements and organisational acumen of the host federation, Nigeria Volleyball Federation enjoined the officiating officials and teams to play the according to the rules and regulations guiding the game so that spectators will leave the venue with good impressions of beach volleyball.
Meanwhile, the host country, Nigeria will be lurking horns with Zambians who just arrived Nigeria on Thursday evening to determine the ranking of the participating countries though the two teams have qualified automatically.
To spice up the day and the supposedly commencement of the tournament, the birthday of the president of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Eng Musa Nimrod fell on Thursday and the management of the Nigerian Customs Service volleyball club was joined by other well wishers to present gift to the president amidst encomiums, merry making and dance.
The technical meeting will be held on Friday afternoon while the deciding match is expected to hold on Saturday.