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Managua 2017, unprecedented event

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December, 14 2017. - The eleventh edition of the Central American Games Managua 2017 is an unprecedented event in the history of the Games in the Central American region.

FIVB First Vice President and President of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation, along with the President of the Nicaraguan Volleyball Federation Bertha Cuadra, International Technical Director of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball MC. Ariel Sainz and Mr. Willi Kaltschmitt member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee, took a tour around the sport facilities set for the 2017 Managua Games.

During his visit, Cristobal Marte praised the organization of the XI Central American Games in Managua as a milestone for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball for Central America.

"I can say with all certainty, that in the history of the Central American Games since 1990, these are the best Central American Games by far for several matters; from the whole organization, the special attentions to all the technical delegates, the availability to work and to solve any problem, excellent transportation system, extraordinary hotel accommodation and if that wasn’t enough, the magnificent sport infrastructure at the highest international standards” said Marte Hoffiz.

The Salvador Allende beach arena at Paseo Xolotlán, with a capacity of more than 2000 spectators that hosted the Beach Volleyball competition a few days ago, is venue with all the features needed at any FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, as well as the one used during the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games. This is a site which management will be under the care of the Nicaraguan Volleyball Federation for future Norceca Beach Volleyball Tour events.

Marte Hoffiz underlined "the spectacular facilities at Paseo Xolotlán are above the level of Central American and Caribbean Games; and I am pleased to know that it is a permanent setting for Beach Volleyball training and events that will not only benefit Nicaragua and the Central American area, but the entire American continent.”

The Indoor Volleyball competition is being held at the Alexis Argüello Sports Complex, a facility that holds 8500 spectators, is a world-class infrastructure, with all the conditions to host intercontinental and world Volleyball championships.

“I was surprised by to the Alexis Argüello sports center; I was struck by the fast construction efforts and how it is fully conditioned from 61 days ago, during the last inspection visit” said Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.

The Alexis Argüello is an extraordinary center that remains as a legacy for all sports; the efforts of Managua´s City Hall authorities with the support of the Government of Nicaragua are unprecedented.

"As President of the North, Central and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, which I am honored to preside, I thank the President of the Republic of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, for his contribution to the youth of the region” indicated Marte Hoffiz.

NORCECA collaborated with the organizing committee of the Games, providing all the necessary volleyball equipment for beach and indoor competition; including two volleyball Sport Court surfaces, two complete systems for both disciplines, nets , antennas, volleyballs , the VIS technology scoring system , among other volleyball equipment been used for the development of the volleyball and beach volleyball competitions.

Cristobal Marte Hoffiz pointed out “everything requested by the Nicaraguan Olympic Committee and the National Federation was provided, and I am completely satisfied with our contribution; this event has been remarkably successful”.

The NORCECA Confederation is in full disposition to collaborate with the city of Managua to make use of these magnificent facilities. “In my opinion, President Daniel Ortega and the Olympic Committee of Nicaragua have a futuristic vision; I am thankful for their splendid efforts and I believe that Nicaragua could be requesting in the future the organization of a Central American and Caribbean Games, "said Cristóbal Marte.

Beach Volleyball was played from December 3 to 8 and Volleyball, which is in progress, began on the 10th and ends on December 16th.