Cestobal Kenya Federation is now officially operational in the country.
This is after it training coaches and technical officials and popularising the game from December 2020.
“This sport is new,” said Lawrence Adera, Cestobal Kenya Federation president during the launch at Nyayo National Stadium on 10th July 2021.
“We have seen the potential of the sport in Kenya. It is going to create opportunities for many, especially talent development,” he added.
Cestoball is an Argentine sport created by Professor Enrique Romero Brest, the father of Argentine physical education.
Cestoball is a team sport similar to that of netball. However, the ball used is similar to that of a handball.
It is played both indoors and outdoors.
Two standalone net posts with baskets are stationed on the courts within the playing area. Players are free to move behind the net posts.
A Cestoball match is played between two six-player teams in two 20-minute periods. Two players each must always be present in both the back-court and the front-court at all times failing which results in a penalty.
The objective of the sport is to score as many goals as possible by shooting the ball through the hoop.
Players are not allowed to run with the ball. Balls have to be passed to move it up the field.
According to Adera, the sport transmits good values, solidarity, friendship, teamwork and respect for others. It is a sport that helps children have a healthy life and social inclusion.
“As we start the Competency-Based Curriculum in schools, it will also be one of those sports we teach to our children from the age of 1o years to the senior levels,” Adera says.
The Argentine Cestoball Confederation through the Deputy Head of Mission at the embassy of Argentina to Kenya Ms Natalia Acevedo welcomed the Cestobal Kenya Federation to the sport with a commitment to assist in developing it locally.
“The practice of Cestoball will contribute to deepening the relations between Argentina and Kenya and will help us to get to know each other better,” she said.
“Argentina is committed to the development and promotion of the sport here in Kenya and that is why we are here to support the official launch and we wish the federation and the children all the best as they learn the game.”