Baja California ready for new World Champs experience
TIJUANA, Mexico, June
2013 – Following the arrival of teams
of Cuba and Argentina teams to the Baja California High
Performance Center, the representatives of FIVB and Local
Organizing Committee held a press conference to inform details
and updates for the Boys’ U19 World Championship.
On behalf of the FIVB, First Executive Vice President and
General Director of the Baja California Sports Institute, Saul
Castro Verdugo, welcomed the members of the first teams to
arrive for a mini-camp before the championship along with the
national team of Mexico.
“We feel so excited and fortunate to receive teams from many
countries, are preparing ahead of time to this championship that
will be played in two venues in the cities of Tijuana and
Mexicali,” said Castro Verdugo.
NORCECA Finance Commission President, Alberto Arreola, also
attended the press conference accompanied by Baja California
High Performance Center Director, Octavio Morgan and Sports
Development Director, Cesar Osuna, former volleyball Olympian
with Mexico Team at the 1968 Games.
Argentinean and Cuban coaches Julian Alvarez and Rodolfo Sanchez
exchanged some impressions with the media, as well as Eduardo
Murguia, first assistant coach of Mexico who attended in
representation of head coach Oscar Licea.
“We are here to give our best and it is a great pleasure to
participate at this tournament as some other teams from
Argentina have done in previous versions and competitions in
this part of Mexico,” stated Alvarez.
For Rodolfo Sanchez the BC High Performance Center has a very
special atmosphere since Cuba won the gold medal at the NORCECA
Continental Championship here a year ago.
“We appreciate the local authorities for allowing us to arrive
and stay earlier here and be in a good rhythm,” he said.
For Mexico’s Murguia, one of the goals is to finish in the top
“We are focused in having a good competition, and also are
expecting to close in good place at the final ranking,” he said.
“We have worked hard and are excited about the minicamp and the
beginning of the world championship.”
The arrival of the Control Committee members is scheduled for
next Sunday, while some other teams like France and China are
expected to arrive during this week.