Plans are currently in top gear to host the 2022 West Africa Sitting Volleyball Championship in Nigeria with teams expected to arrive on Dec. 10.
The competition, being organised by the West Africa ParaVolley, will be hosted by the Nigeria ParaVolley Federation under the leadership of Kayode Ladele.
Ladele, the Paravolley President Nigeria, gave this indication on Thursday in a statement he made available to newsmen in Lagos.
According to the statement, the Technical Meeting for participating teams will be held on Dec. 11.
Similarly, the Para Beach Volleyball will be launched in Nigeria the next day.
Clubs from the Republic of Benin and Ghana have confirmed their participation while Sierra Leone is yet to confirm its participation.
They will join teams from Nigeria to compete in the first-ever championship.
“We are excited to be hosting this first edition of the competition which is targeted at promoting healthy rivalry among countries in West Africa and developing the sport at the regional level.
“When this was still at the drawing board, Nigeria jumped at the idea of hosting the competition because it is in line with our short-, medium- and long-term plans as a federation when we got elected a few months ago,” Ladele said.
Explaining the idea behind the competition, Ladele said although the competition will not serve as a qualifier for any international tournament, it is the first step of many federations within the West African sub-region to develop the sport within their countries.
“With constant competitions, we will not only expose our athletes to international competitions which will ultimately improve their games, “we will also show the world how amazing our players can be if given the right platform of expression and development,” Ladele concluded in the statement. (NAN)