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Cuba welcomes Japan U23 Men’s Team

 

HAVANA, Cuba, February 6, 2017 – Japan’s U23 Men’s National Team is in Cuba to train and play three official matches against a team of Cuba that includes players from different age-group selections.

 

Two players from the Cuban senior team –opposite Dariel Albo and libero Yonder Garcia- are part of the home side.

 

“We need to evaluate the condition of these two players in real game situations,” said Ariel Sainz, president of the Cuban Volleyball Federation, who announced Nicolas Vives, who held the position at Rio Olympic Games, as the coach of the team.

 

Sainz, who is also the volleyball national commissioner, commented that in Cuba “we have young but talented players and this friendly competition will help with their development facing a team that was here two years ago, has grown a lot, and will represent the host country at the 2010 Olympics.”

 

The squads will play closed doors unofficial matches on February 6, 7 and 10 at Volleyball National School and official contests on February 9 and 12 at La Mariposa Gymnasium of University Manuel Fajardo and on February 11 at 19th of November Hall on Pinar del Rio.

 

Cuba is already qualified to the U19 and U23 Men’s World Championships to be held in Bahrain and Egypt, respectively.

 

Vives said the emphasis will be focused on the U21 group that will be seeking the world championship ticket at the U21 Pan American Cup to be held in Canada from May 14 to 22.

 

“Also the competition will allow us to see in action the players with the conditions to face the other international commitments as the XII Pan American Senior Cup to be held next July, one that offers spots to the 2018 World League,” Vives said.