Beach Volleyball Centre to be installed in Costa Rica


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 21, 2013 - The National Federation of Costa Rica and the Cantonal Sports and Recreation Committee of San Jose signed an agreement to authorize the installation of a beach volleyball development center in the sport complex located in Hatillo, recently used for the competitions of the Central American Games.


The facilities will be used for the training of the national teams of different levels and to host national, regional and international beach volleyball competitions as well as courses to develop national and regional coaches and referees.


The agreement was signed by Jose Luis Jimenez and Heiner Ugalde Fallas, presidents of the national federation and the committee respectively, in the presence of William Corrales, minister of sports of Costa Rica, Marta Centeno de Sajche, President of AFECAVOL, and Nelson Ramirez, general manager of NORCECA, who represented Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB First Executive Vice President and NORCECA President.


“In Hatillo, our beach volleyball players will benefit of an adequate infrastructure for their preparation to participate in the annual Central American competitions, the NORCECA Circuit and the qualification rounds of the current Olympic cycle,” Jimenez said at the end of the signing ceremony.


“The Olympic cycle includes the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” he added. “In addition we have the qualification tournaments to the age-group world championships organized by FIVB and the process towards the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.”


Jimenez stressed on the new initiatives of cooperation from the FIVB and the permanent support offered by NORCECA Confederation to assist the participation of Costa Rica in the different international high-level competitions of beach volleyball and volleyball.