Sitting volleyball team ups Rio qualifier preps

Rwanda men's sitting volleyball team has intensified training ahead of the Paravolley Africa sitting volleyball championship set for July 23-28 at the Petit Stade in Remera, Kigali.
Rwanda represented Africa at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (File)
Rwanda represented Africa at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (File)

Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball team has intensified training ahead of the Paravolley Africa sitting volleyball championship set for July 23-28 at the Petit Stade in Remera, Kigali.

The winner of the upcoming 2015 continental showpiece will represent Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, set for September 7-18 in Brazil.

All the players are currently in residential camp and are ready to put up a good fight to claim this championship, assistant coach Eric Gakwaya told Times Sport.

“We have started double training sessions daily and so far so good. Our target is to win this championship,” added Gakwaya.

Despite the absence of friendly matches, Gakwaya explained that the daily training sessions will get them on track and prepare them to face any team.

This year’s edition is expected to attract Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Algeria, Egypt and hosts Rwanda.

Morocco and Nigeria have withdrawn from the qualifier to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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