NORCECA President concerned about Veracruz 2014 facilities
TIJUANA, México, August 18 2014 - The President North Central
American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA),
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, expressed his concerns about the
volleyball facilities in the City of Cordoba for the competition
of the Central American and Caribbean Games of Veracruz 2014.
After three inspection visits to the Cordoba Arena the
constructions upgrades are delayed according with the time-chart
to build and finish the venue.
“There is a big concern from our Confederation NORCECA, and the
International Volleyball Federation, because all the upgrades
and building works have not been ready as programmed,” Marte
Hoffiz stated during a meeting with the NORCECA Supervisors who
recently visited Cordoba.
“There haven’t been test events either. This situation increases
our concerns and we are really worry about that, because we will
arrive in without testing the facilities and without the local
technical personnel that will provide proper support,” he added.
According to the last report, there were some tasks pending,
like personnel and volunteer training during competition as well
as the upgrade of some spaces that must comply with the NORCECA
and FIVB standards.
Another pending point is about the playing surfaces orders that
must be set by the local organizing committee.
“The NORCECA Volleyball Confederation has a commitment, and that
is to donate a complete playing surface for volleyball”, he
“However they have to be requested for production and are not
delivered as easy as going to buy it in a store. We are in
August and the local organizing committee has not submitted any
order for the rest of the playing surfaces required for the
tournament,” Marte Hoffiz remarked.
“Thus we are really worried because the NORCECA Confederation
has an agreement and we also sent a memorandum to the local
organizing committee establishing that we will donate a complete
surface, that could be the main court to be installed on the
arena’s floor,” he added.
“But is very important to order the other surfaces that are four
in total,” Marte Hoffiz explained. “The total of playing surface
are five, counting on the one to be donated. “Three of them are
out on the warming up zone, the other one goes on the Mexicano
Gymnasium, another one inside the arena, and we can donate the
The rest of the implements like nets, banners, and posts are
available, but it is necessary to make preliminary
verifications. “This is because if the engineers don’t have the
correct posts available on time, they cannot prepare the area to
install the net posts,” NORCECA President mentioned.
For such kind of structures only two are the ones approved by FIVB
and NORCECA: “Senoh” and “Jinling”, while the floor or official
playing surface is “Sport Court”, used in continental
championships and Pan American Cups.
For the last two years, the task building force has worked
against the clock, the NORCECA representatives said. We are less
than 90 days away. The time chart that was established for that
purpose has been delayed and the confederation expects the
facility to be ready.
“We are the only confederation that makes such kind of
inspections. We established permanent calendar of terms and the
goals have not been reached on time.”