Somalia: Somali Volleyball back on the world platform

Hopes of the return of the country’s volleyball power are growing with Somali volleyball Federation appeared at the CAVB Zone 5 meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend. This was Somalia’s first attendance at such meeting since the collapse of the horn of African nation in January 1991, according to Somali volleyball Federation Secretary General Mohamed Abubakar Hirei who came to power in March this year.

Somalia was represented at the meeting by Volleyball Federation president Engineer Abdulkader Omar Abukar who told the CAVB Zone 5 meeting that his new committee was prioritising to rebuild the country’s volleyball from the bottom.

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Secretary General Mohamed Abubakar Hirei said in a press statement here in Mogadishu on Monday morning that the participation of such meeting was a great step forward for his country which he said had lacked international appearances for more than 22 years during which the country was experiencing one of the world’s most notorious civil wars in the century.

“Volleyball was somehow alive in the country as none-strong local activities continued, but Somalia lacked international representation, this latest move has cheered all Somalis and in particularly the volleyball fans—since our president appeared at CAVB Zone 5 meeting hundreds of congratulatory messages from local volleyball fans have been pouring into our office, because Somali people are fully jubilant at the return of their country’s volleyball dignity in the world platform” Secretary General Mohamed Abubakar Hirei said in a press statement here in Mogadishu Monday morning.

The press statement noted that during the CAVB Zone 5 conference president Engineer Abdulkader Omar Abukar held separate meetings with the participating leaders who pledged they will fully work with his recovering federation and welcomed Somalia’s return to the body meetings.

“After this successful step, we are planning to participate in the African volleyball confederation congress due to kick off in Egypt on the 9th of September next year and that of international volleyball Federation (FIVB) which is due to start in Poland on the 21st of September next year” Somali Volleyball Federation Secretary General Mohamed Abubakar Hirei added in his press statement.

The statement indicated that the recently elected Federation is weighting on the rebuilding of volleyball in schools across the country, and the creation of strong local league plus grassroots development programs in a bid culminate in a sudden and full recovery from the huge devastation caused by the long-running civil wars in the country.

 Source: Somali Sports Press Association

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