Volleyball: Two USA teams to grace Amaco/Bitok event in Eldoret

Next weekend’s Africa Merchant Assurance Company Limited-Paul Bitok International Tournament in Eldoret set for Uasin Gishu County has been boosted by two United States teams that have confirmed their participation.

Baylor University (men) and Salt Factory Sports (women) are expected to add more spice to the annual tournament.

The event brings together teams that feature in the national league, colleges, secondary schools as well as primary schools.

Other International  teams which have shown interest in the two-day event but are yet to confirm  their participation include Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club men and women, Uganda Sports Club (women and men), Kampala Capital City  Authority (KCCA) , Nemo stars (men) and Police (men); all from Uganda.

Speaking on Monday morning in Nairobi, Paul Bitok Foundation chairman – John Tarus, said the above teams will confirm their participation this Friday.

Tarus said: “We are glad to be partners in this event as the brand continue to grow.

“But more so we are extremely happy that in the 13th edition we will have two teams from USA which means the event has gone World wide and we are happy.

“We have International teams that have shown interest in the competition and we will know their fate on Friday but all in all, the logistics are in place and we cant wait to have you all in Eldoret.”

AMACO’s chief executive officer, Elizabeth Kosgei, said the company was keen to invest in nurturing and growing of the volleyball talent in the country.

“AMACO will continue to support such sporting events both financially and in -kind as we make our mark towards the realisation of Kenya sporting excellence,” she Kosgei.

“With the participation of USA teams, it’s a reflection that the event has busted the continent and now we shifted  the attention globally which is a clear indication that there is growth and we want to move  to another higher level.”

Kenya Volleyball Federation vice chairman Charles Nyaberi said: “This event has a great following in the North Rift and we are glad to associate with it now and going forward.”

AMACO have increased their sponsorship to KSh 9.6 million from the last year’s KSh9.3m, with the winners taking home cash prizes and trophies.

The event comes barely a month after troubled Kenya Prisons women’s volleyball team withdrew from the Women’s Africa Club Championship held in Cairo, Egypt.

It was believed that the Ministry of Interior instructed the Kenyan embassy in Cairo to clear the team’s pending bills and thereafter book the Kenyan volleyball federation women’s league champions on the next available flight back home.


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