FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

Press release

Rwanda coach Bitok looking to make history at the African Men's Junior Champs


Rwanda's coach Paul Bitok is now concentrating on defeating Egypt in the semifinal of the Men's Junior African Nations Championship

Tunis, Tunisia, March 7, 2013 – The Kenyan coach of Rwanda’s men’s national volleyball team, Paul Bitok, has a renewed sense of optimism after his team qualified for the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship. This is the first time in Rwanda’s history that its national team has progressed so far in a volleyball continental championship and the coach and team hope to finish victorious in their semifinal match against Egypt on Friday.

Rwanda’s team has won only one gold medal at the Beach Volleyball Junior Cup last year. They are now looking to stamp their mark in volleyball as well.

"I'm happy with the performance of my team and I want to congratulate my players and also the local authorities for their support," said Bitok.

"I want to send a message to the government in Rwanda that this team satisfies their ambitions gained through the hard work they have put forward in the last few years. We finished fourth in both the Men’s and Women’s Junior championships two years ago and now we are looking forward to achieve more for the country,"

Bitok is responsible for coaching all the age category Rwandan teams in a programme that looks to bring together young players from all areas of the central African country to the three sporting centers.

"I attribute our progress over the last few years to three main reasons:  proper support from the government; regular participation in continental competitions; and the psychological and technical preparations for this event. I can now promise that Rwanda will be one of the top African countries in volleyball in the near future." he concluded.

Rwanda plays Egypt in the first semifinal of the African championship, while Tunisia meets Morocco in the second semifinal. In reaching the semifinals the four teams have secured the continental tickets to the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship to be held in Turkey later this year.



Download highresolution

 Language(s)
   English
   Spanish

| More

More press releases

   
17.09.2013 15:05:20
Anti-doping education outreach programme gains momentum at U21 Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2013 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in collaboration with the FIVB Heroes project and the World... More...
06.09.2013 14:56:26
Men's U21 MVP looking to hard work for success
Kazan, Russia, September 4, 2013 –Russia has a new “golden boy” in volleyball. In only six months, 18-year-old Viktor Poletaev has won gold in all the... More...
03.09.2013 09:27:10
Russian “player factory” dominates the volleyball world
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 3, 2013 - The world of men’s volleyball is currently dominated by Russia and that could remain the case for quite a w... More...
02.09.2013 12:26:37
Mohamed Lazreug whistles his last FIVB match to give way to young Algerian referees
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – The Algerian referee Mohamed Lazreug had a tear in his eye as he started whistling the fifth place classification ... More...
02.09.2013 10:00:07
Men's Under 21 World Championship FIVB Web TV highlights
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 2, 2013 - If you missed any of the action from the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under 21 Championship last week, make sure y... More...
01.09.2013 21:29:58
Russia defend world title in fantastic display of volleyball
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Russia claimed the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship title with a fantastic performance in the gold med... More...
01.09.2013 20:02:39
If we had not been favourites, it would have been easier - coach Nikolaev
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – It was only natural that after such an impressive 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-20) victory for Russia over Brazil in the ... More...
01.09.2013 19:43:40
Russian machine too powerful for Brazil
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Russia claimed the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship title with a fantastic performance in the gold med... More...
01.09.2013 17:52:28
I want to thank all my players for the incredible results - coach Bonitta
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Italy’s coach Marco Bonitta is happy to have won bronze from the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship afte... More...
01.09.2013 17:33:31
Italy win U21 World Championship bronze
Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Italy triumphed with the bronze medals from the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey. The Europe... More...