Rwanda has been eliminated from the 2021 Women’s Volleyball African Nations Championship as the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) over allegations that the hosts fielded ineligible players.
The development was announced in a communique issued by the Ministry of Sport, on Sunday.
The Ministry of Sports revealed that it had decided to take over the management of the ongoing African volleyball championship, which will be completed without the participation of the national women’s volleyball team.
Rwanda’s slated game in group A against Senegal for September 16 was suspended following a complaint filed by Nigeria, challenging the nationality of players who featured for the Rwandan national side.
The complaint led to a three-day stalemate which saw the International Federation for Volleyball (FIVB) insist on Rwanda being banned from the competition and previous games forfeited for flouting rules even though Rwanda protested the decision.
The four players all making their debut for Rwanda in international volleyball in question are; right-attack Aline Siqueira, center Apolinario Caroline Taina, setter Mariana Da Silva and left-attack Moreira Bianca Gomes.