Sierra Leone national beach volleyball pair, Abu Bakar Kamara and Patrick Lombi are bracing themselves up for the final round qualifiers of the 2015 Men’s World Championship beach volleyball tournament in the Netherlands.
The duo are presently undergoing intensive training sessions at the Lumley beach court after the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA) gained executive clearance from the CEO of the National Ebola Response Committee (NERC) to proceed with training.
He said: “The competition is expected to commence on February 16 in Tunisia but unfortunately for us we are unable to take the Women’s team along due to financial constrains.”
“This is the final stage of the qualifiers and it is a good test for them (Kamara and Lombi). For sure it is going to be a huge task for them and I believe they can secure one of the four qualifying spot.”
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 will see a total of 48 teams compete in both the men’s and women’s events this year winner in the men’s and women’s competition will each receive a cheque of $70,000 in addition to 500 FIVB World Ranking points. The winning countries will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships are held every two years and are now considered one of the highlights of the sporting year, as well as a much-desired title for the players on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Prior to the first tournament in 1997 there were 10 world championships held in Rio de Janeiro every year between 1987 and 1996 and now they are held every two years outside of the Olympic Games.