By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone’s male and female beach volleyball teams have both qualified for the Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28.
The Sierra Leone male team defeated their Ghanaian opponent by two sets to one in the finals of the qualifiers, whilst the female team, despite failing to reach the finals, booked their place to the Nanjing Games after they finished in third place.
Head coach and leader of delegation, Coach Sorie, was thankful of the team’s sponsors, Africell mobile company and Mercury International, including the government of Sierra Leone, through the Sports Ministry, for their support.
He said the success of the two teams is another plus for the Association and the players as they look forward to a successful competition in China.
The Men’s competition features 10 teams divided into two preliminary Pools, each comprising 5 teams. Pool A included Burundi, Ghana, Mauritius, Egypt and Benin, while Pool B comprised Namibia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Rwanda and Nigeria.
On the other hand, 7 teams participated in the women’s competition, where they were divided into Pool A with 4 teams: Nigeria, Congo, Sierra Leone and Ghana; with Pool B featuring Mauritius, Rwanda and Namibia.