Big news as FIVB retains Kenya's Malkia Strikers in Grand Prix Group Two

Big news as FIVB retains  Kenya's Malkia Strikers in Grand Prix Group Two

Big news as FIVB retains Kenya's Malkia Strikers in Grand Prix Group Two

Photo of FIVB Council in Switzerland /Courtesy FIVB

The Kenya national women volleyball team - Malkia Strikes - has  received a major boost with the announcement of the 2017 World Grand Prix Draws.

In the new draw held in  Lausanne Switzerland on September 14, Kenya has been retained in Group Two  despite finishing in the last position during the 2016 season.

In a statement released on the FIVB official website ,The World Grand Prix Council  has confirmed that next year’s Group 2 will be  expanding to 12 teams while Trinidad & Tobago, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Cameroon joining Group 3 thus allowing Kenya to remain in Group 2 while Korea returns and Group 3 silver and bronze medalists Kazakhstan and Peru join Group 3 winners Croatia in Group 2. 

FIVB further confirmed that  the 2017 competition will feature record prize money of $600,000 (60 Million Kenya Shillings) and a record number of teams - increasing from 28 in 2016 to 32 in 2017.

The 32 teams have been split into three groups (12 teams in Group 1 and Groups 2 and eight teams in Group 3) and will play the Preliminary Round in a pool format over three weeks, before the best teams (four for Groups 2 & 3 and six for Group 1) gather for the Finals in each Group.

Kenya's  Group 2 Preliminary Round will  be played on a period  between July 7-9, July 14-16 and July 21-23, and be followed by the Finals, featuring four teams, from July 28-30.  August 2-6.

GROUP TWO

  1. Kenya
  2. Germany
  3. Poland
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Canada
  6. Peru
  7. Croatia
  8. Kazhkhstan
  9. Argentina
  10. Puerro Rico
  11. Korea
  12. Czech Republic

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