U23 World Championships: A Window for Future Olympic stars
TIJUANA, Mexico, October 2 2013 - The FIVB Women’s U23 World
Championship is the ideal stage to watch in action an promote
the players that will be part of the next Olympic cycles, stated
FIVB First Executive Vice President and NORCECA President,
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.
“Most of the national teams of the world have an important group
of players who are in the U23 categoriy. They constitute the 40
or 50 percent of their programs which means that volleyball is
in constant development,” Marte Hoffiz said during the press
conference held on Tuesday at Baja California High Performance
Center to speak about the latest developments in the
organization of the competition.
“Many of the players who will play here are the future stars
that will be competing with their national teams at the Olympic
Games of Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo 2020,” he added. “That
happens in other sports like football, Olympic teams are U23
“The organization of this U23 World Championship is the result
of the visionary thinking of our president in FIVB, Dr. Ary
Graça,” Marte Hoffiz explained. “He is a person committed with
development and that’s the reason we are here about to start a
The press conference was attended by the local media that has
covered many of the five age- group world championships played
in the Baja California region since 2007.
“We are very glad to be here once again, this is the fifth
time, the Baja California region hosts an FIVB World
Championship, previously in the seventies there was another
championship in several Mexican cities including Tijuana,” Marte
The team members of Argentina, China, Italy and Dominican
Republic were present at the announcement where Local Organising
President and Baja California Sports Institute Director, Saul
Castro Verdugo explained the updates in preparation for the
event that starts on Saturday.
Baja California Volleyball Association President, Alberto
Arreola welcomed the media and teams on behalf of the Mexican
Volleyball Federation. Coaches Guillermo Caceres (Argentina), Xu
Jiande (China), Marcos Kwiek (Dominican Republic) and Luca
Cristofani (Italy) were also in the meeting with the media.
Previously the Control Committee members held their first
official meeting at Fiesta Inn Hotel on Wednesday morning.
“The local organising committee task force knows very well how
to work in this kind of events and on behalf of Doctor Ary Graça,
I want to congratulate them, for their contribution not only for
Mexican Volleyball, but for the impulse to our sport in the
world,” Marte Hoffiz stated.
The Local organising committe members from venues of the Tijuana
and Mexicali also were present and had the opportunity to review
details about Preliminary Inquiries, Practical Clinics, General
Technical Meeting and an Opening Ceremony scheduled in Tijuana
before the last match of next Saturday 5.