Nicaragua to host NORCECA Women’s U-20
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, August 17, 2012 – Teams from nine countries
will compete at the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental
Championship in Managua from August 21-26.
The medal winners of the competition are granted of spots in
next year’s FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship to be held in
United States and Dominican Republic have won the gold and
silver medals respectively in the past four editions of the
championship with USA winning the title in five of the total
seven editions. Cuba and Puerto Rico won the other competitions.
For the first time a country from the Central American zone is
hosting the event. Mexico was the site of the competition during
the past three editions and four in total. The event once
visited Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Bertha Cuadra, President of Nicaragua’s Volleyball National
Federation appreciated the confidence shown by the Norceca
Volleyball Confederation during a press conference held at the
“This event will allow us to have national teams with athletes
that in the future can become Olympic or world caliber players,”
“NORCECA’s President, Mr. Cristóbal Marte, has always had a
clear vision about development of volleyball in the Central
American and Caribbean areas. Thus we have the participation of
three countries from our zone and four from the Caribbean with
the presence of Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and also Antigua &
The other two teams that will complete this championship are USA
and Mexico, two countries with aspirations of reaching the
podium. Dominican Republic is the number 1 country in the
NORCECA Ranking, followed by USA and Cuba.
Mexico is in the fourth place and Costa Rica in fifth. Antigua (ECVA),
Trinidad & Tobago (CAZOVA), and Guatemala (AFECAVOL) are the
zonal champions, and Nicaragua is the host team.
“Along with the vote of confidence of Norceca to organize this
tournament, we have economic support for this challenge, because
is a high investment, due to the lodging, gathering and internal
transportation of the competing teams,” Cuadra added.
“We also have the support from the Government of Nicaragua which
maintains its policy of support to all sports and responded to
our request. They (government) are covering almost a 40 per cent
of the costs,” the president said.
The national competing teams will arrive to Managua on Sunday 19
and the General Technical Meeting will take place on Monday at
the Seminole Hotel. The first matches are scheduled on Tuesday
21 and the matches are scheduled at 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 8:00
PM, local time.
The opening ceremony will take place also on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
All the diplomatic missions of the competing teams, as well as
government and national sports officers have been invited.
The teams are distributed in three pools each of three teams.
The two pool winners with the highest ranking will advance
directly to the semifinals and the pool winner with the lowest
ranking will compete in the quarterfinals against the second
The pool distribution is as follows:
Pool A: Antigua & Barbuda, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Pool B: Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Mexico. Pool C: Cuba,
Trinidad & Tobago and United States.
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1998 USA MEX CAN
2000 CUB USA MEX
2002 PUR USA CUB
2004 USA DOM PUR
2006 USA DOM PUR
2008 USA DOM CUB
2010 USA DOM CUB
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 5 2 0 7
CUB 1 0 3 4
PUR 1 0 2 3
DOM 0 4 0 4
MEX 0 1 1 2
CAN 0 0 1 1