Norceca in mourning for the death of Marta Centeno

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 22, 2022 - The NORCECA Volleyball Family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former executive vice president Marta Centeno past president of Afecavol and also of FIVB Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Administration.

Centeno, 62, was elected to the FIVB Board of Administration during the XXX World Congress held in Tokyo in 2006 as part of the quota to the gender in minority and presided over the Association of Central American Volleyball Federations (Afecavol) from 2009 to 2018.

She served as NORCECA and FIVB supervisor for many international Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Championships; including the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Centeno was a beloved figure among the international Volleyball community for her leadership, spreading her passion for the sport around the world.


“We are very sad to learn of the passing of Marta, who served to the sport of volleyball with passion and integrity. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family”, said NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz. 

Born on March 19, 1960 in the Guatemalan capital, Centeno was captain of her country's volleyball team for twenty years, a sport that she alternated with athletics. She took part in the Central American Games in 1986 and 1990 in volleyball and athletics winning silver medals in javelin and discus and volleyball in the latter edition held in Guatemala.

Four days after her retirement from the game in 2001, she was elected vice president of Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala. Since 2002 she has been part of the Women and Sports Commission of the Guatemalan Olympic Committee.

In 2012, she was recipient of the Carlos Alfonso Gordillo Award, the highest honor presented by the Guatemalan Volleyball Federation.

In 2020, Marta was inducted to the Gallery of the Notables of Guatemalan Sports in recognition of “her contribution to the improvement, cultivation and promotion of sport, fair play and the values that contribute to good human coexistence in the context of sport.”

The first female electrical engineer graduated from Universidad of San Marcos, Marta was married to Cesar Sajche, a former discus thrower and shot putter, who died in 2020 from Covid-19.

She is survived by her mother Mme Marta Orantes de Centeno, her son Carlos Jose and daughter in law Lisa Negron and her beloved grandchildren Fabian and Marcelo.

May she rest in peace!