Special tribute to the 1968 Mexican Olympic Teams
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, August 19 2013 - Twenty-two years after the
last international volleyball competition, action returned to
Mexico City. The “Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium”
celebrated the opening of the Pan American Cup with a special
Members of Men’s and Women’s Mexican Olympic teams were honored
before Mexico’s opening match against Trinidad and Tobago. The
tribute ceremony was so special for those who played at the 1968
Games on this same court 45 years ago.
Players like the legendary Blanca Garcia, Patricia Nava, Isabel
Nogueira, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Rogelia Romo, Gloria
Casales and Gloria Inzua, were among members of the team that
was coached by Macario Gonzalez.
Some other coaches like Gabriel Cherebetiu were also present,
while the members of the Men’s team who played at that time
attending the ceremony were Eduardo Sixtos and Juan Manuel
Some defunct members of the 1968 teams were mentioned like
Esperanza Alicia Cárdenas and Trinidad Macías as well as Eduardo
Jiménez and José Luis Martell García.
The Men’s National team of 1968 was composed by Carlos Aguirre
Beltrán, Eduardo Sixtos, Juan Manuel Duran Gutiérrez, Cesar
Osuna Brambila, José Antonio Barbet Cabrera, Leopoldo Reyna
Romo, Francisco González Hernández and Jesús Loya.
On behalf of Mexico City Mayor, Miguel Mancera, the Mexico City
Sport Institute Director, Horacio de la Vega was present at the
opening ceremony as well as NORCECA and FIVB Executive Vice
President, Saul Castro Verdugo; NORCECA Executive Director
Nelson Ramírez and Mexican Volleyball Federation President,