May 16, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA) has reacted strongly about news of their missing volleyball female player, Aminata Kaday Turay, from the just concluded World Volleyball Federation FIVB U-21 World Championship in Switzerland.
In a press statement, SLVA President Christopher John said out of the seven-man delegation who attended the tournament, Turay was the only individual to defect from the squad.
He said the head of delegation, who also doubled as male head coach, Sorie Kamara, alerted the tournament organizers and Swiss Police for appropriate action, immediately he realised that the player had gone missing.
“Already the Swiss authorities have placed a 72-hour moratorium when she would be declared wanted. Until then, investigations continue and we shall keep the public informed through the Ministry of Sports of development in Switzerland and here in Sierra Leone,” the release reads.
Sierra Leone’s male and female teams were knocked out of the tournament last Friday after they failed to get past their Pool E and according to the SLVA president, as per FIVB relegation, teams who are knocked out of pool play can only be accommodated at the competition venue at their own cost.
He said: “Since there was no provision for such on the travel budget of the delegation, arrangement were made to enable the delegation fly back home on the next available flight which turned out to be on Saturday May 14.”
Unlike athletics, Turay’s defection is the first ever case the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association has recorded and the association has promised to clamp on that.