Kenya beach volleyball team to open campaign against New Zealand in Birmingham

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Kenya’s women’s beach volleyball team will open their campaign against New Zealand on Saturday 30th at the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 which starts on July 28 and runs until August 8.

The Kenyans, ranked third in Africa and 110th in the world, traveled to the Games after the Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) that Kenya had qualified for the games thanks to the athlete allocation system and team ranking.

Besides New Zealand, Kenya are also grouped in Pool A alongside Ghana, New Zealand and defending champions Canada. Australia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka and Trinidad & Tobago are in Pool B while Pool C features Scotland, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and England.

“Fortunately, we got to watch New Zealand and Ghana and we know a thing or two about how they play.

“We haven’t been able to access the videos of Canada in action, but I know it’s only a matter of time. We have spent a lot of time training here and I hope our efforts will bear fruit,” said head coach Salome Wanjala.

Former site of Smithfield Market, Birmingham. Smithfield will host the Beach Volleyball and 3×3 Basketball competitions during the Commonwealth Games.

Smithfield Market was opened in 1817 on the site in place of the demolished Birmingham Manor with the aim of bringing together all of the city’s various markets in one place.

In the women’s competition, the opening match on July 30 will see Gold Coast gold medalists Canada take on Ghana in the first session of the day while New Zealand and Kenya will face off in the of the first evening session on the same day.

Kenya had missed out on an automatic ticket to the African qualifiers held in Ghana in March after finishing third behind winning hosts and Mauritius, but had another option after the FIVB released qualifying criteria for the Games.

The quarter-finals of the men’s and women’s tournaments will be played in three sessions on Friday August 5 and the semi-finals will be played in two sessions on Saturday August 6. The bronze and gold medal games will take place on Sunday August 7th.

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