The first national volleyball league after Covid 19 organized by the Kenya volleyball Federation kicked off Friday in Nandi County at the Kapsabet Agricultural Show Grounds.
The league that was last played in 2019 before the pandemic has attracted 26 national teams, 16 and 10 teams from the men and women categories respectively.
The Deputy Governor of Nandi Yulita Cheruiyot who graced the opening ceremony of the event said that she is taking a personal pride for hosting the league since majority of the volleyball players are the daughters and sons of Nandi thus the county is proud to be the source of champions.
She also said that as a County, they believe in enabling and supporting the young people by identifying the upcoming talents and nurturing them.
“Volleyball is a sport second to athletics in this county and we believe in enabling and supporting young people through identifying young talents and help nature them,” said Yulita.
A few National League matches were played before the afternoon heavy rains which caused the remaining matches to be postponed to the next league dates to be communicated by the federation.
The defending champions of the league on the men category the General Service Unit (GSU) who played against the Kenya Army won all the three sets 3-0 (25-21;25-14;25-17) while the women category Kenya Prisons versus Nairobi Kenya Prisons 3-0(25-19;25-17;25-20).
According to a few players of the clubs that have already played, the matches have been tough since they have had around two years away from the competition fields due to Covid 19 but they are hoping to recover by participating on the various tournaments including the Nandi Governor’s cup this Saturday and Sunday.
By Judith Jepleting