February 11, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone national beach volleyball pair, Abu Bakarr Kamara and Patrick Lombi, are bracing themselves up for the final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Men’s World Championship beach volleyball tournament in the Netherlands.
The duo are presently undergoing an intensive training session at the Lumley beach court after the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA) was granted executive clearance by the CEO of the National Ebola Response Center (NERC), Alfred Palo Conteh, to proceed with the training.
Commissioner of the SLVA Referees Commission, Mohamed Benson Bawoh, said Lombi and Kamara are expected to depart the shores of Sierra Leone later this week before the commencement of the final phase of the African qualifiers in Tunisia.
He said: “The competition is expected to commence on February 16 in Tunisia but unfortunately for us we are unable to take along the women’s team due to financial constraints.
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He added: “This is the final stage of the qualifiers and it is a good test for them (Kamara and Lombi). For sure it is going to be a huge task for the boys but I believe they can secure one of the four qualifying spots.”
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 will see a total of 48 teams compete in both the men’s and women’s events. This year, the winner in the men’s and women’s competitions will each receive a cheque of $70,000 in addition to 500 FIVB World Ranking points. The winning countries will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships are held every two years and are now considered one of the highlights of the sporting year, as well as a much-desired title for the players on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
Prior to the first tournament in 1997, there were 10 world championships held in Rio de Janeiro every year between 1987 and 1996 and now they are held every two years, outside of the Olympic Games.