Mayor greets athletes of Continental Cup in Costa Rica
Mal Pais, Costa Rica, February 9, 2012 - The opening ceremony of
the NORCECA Women's Inter Zonal Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
between Central America and the Caribbean took place Thursday
night in the presence of the Mayor of the Municipality of Cobano
the Honorable Oldemar Fernandez.
"I want to thank all the beach volleyball authorities from
NORCECA Confederation for selecting Costa Rica, and especially
Mal Pais, as the host town of this important tournament,"
Fernandez said. "I hope you can enjoy your time with us, have a
good tournament and and then come back for future competitions."
"We are all winners just by the fact of having all of you here
in our region," Fernandez added. "And it is such a privilege to
be in the company of so many good female athletes."
William Corrales, president of the Costa Rica National
Federation, welcomed the 40 athletes representing 10 countries
and wishing all of them a positive tournament.
"For the first time Costa Rica is hosting a NORCECA competition
and it is a real challenge but I hope everything goes well and
all of you can go back to your countries with good memories of
our hospitality and our culture," Corrales said.
Marta Centeno de Sajche, FIVB executive vice president and
president of the Central American Volleyball Association of
National Federations introduced the members of the control
committee and the neutral referees, while Arnaldo Sanchez, the
technical director, explained the competition system with a
double elimination format.
The countries in the winners bracket will play best-of-five
series with a golden set in case of a tie and those in the
losers side will meet in best-of-three series also with a golden
set to decide the winner. The top four countries move on to the
final phase against the top four countries of the Central Region
next June in Nayarit, Mexico.
The five Central America's countries taking part in this stage
of the competition are Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, El
Salvador and Nicaragua. The Caribbean is represented by
Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Jamaica and Cayman
At the end of the opening ceremony the local organizers
presented a junior chamber music group from schools of the
community who performed several themes followed by a group of
young dancers of Costa Rica folkloric music.