Sunday,17 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1408, (6 - 12 September 2018)
Sunday,17 February, 2019
Issue 1408, (6 - 12 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

This team can’t be beaten

The undefeated Egyptian Under-20 volleyball team overcame Rwanda to win the ninth African championship, reports Abeer Anwar

This team can’t be beaten
This team can’t be beaten

The young Pharaohs went unbeaten in the Under-20 volleyball tournament held at the Moi International Sports Complex in Nairobi, Kenya, to retain the title for the eighth time since 2004 and ninth overall. Together with Rwanda, Egypt also qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Championship to be held in Mexico.

Egypt beat Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-13) in the final. “I am very proud of our young players that were persistent and up to the challenge,” said head of the delegation Amr Makhlouf, an Egyptian Volleyball Federation board member.

“They were full of enthusiasm to defend the title and make it to the World Championship. I think Egypt will be able to compete strongly in the next world contenders.”

Cameroon overcame Nigeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-16) in the third place match to clinch the bronze medal.

Kenya captured fifth place after they belted RD Congo 3-1 (23-23, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18) while Mauritius finished in seventh place after beating Tanzania 3-0 (36-16, 25-17, 25-22).
On the other hand, Egypt will host the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Girls U-18 World Championship after hosting the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U-23 World Championship in 2017 while Tunisia will host the 2019 Boys U-19 World Championship.

The decisions coincide with the new policy adopted by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, (FIVB), to support promising national federations, and reaffirm FIVB President Ary Graca’s strategy of encouraging African development. FIVB is the international governing body for indoor, beach and grass volleyball.

The initiative started in early 2017 when African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) President Amr Elwani accompanied Graca for a meeting with Tunisian Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Naser during their visit to Tunisia to support the candidature of the country to host the 2019 FIVB Boys U-19 World Championship.

Following the success of the Egyptian federation in hosting last year’s Men’s U-23 World Championship, the FIVB is trying to boost the chances of the North African country to host the Girls U-18 World Championship in the huge Cairo Stadium Complex which has a 30,000 seat capacity.

The FIVB delegation led by Graca and Elwani held a meeting with Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda ahead of the FIVB Executive Committee and Board of Administration meetings in Sharm El-Sheikh from 2 to 4 May.

Fouda and Elwani expressed their strong interest in hosting beach volleyball events in Sharm El-Sheikh, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt as well as supporting the Egyptian bid to host the 2019 Girls U-18 World Championship.

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