XXIII Central American Games kick off with Women’s Volleyball

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 19, 2018. - Volleyball kicks off with women’s tournament of the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American Games this Friday at Humberto Perea Coliseum.

NORCECA President and FIVB First Vice-President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz presided the general technical meeting on the eve of the event, with coaches and delegates of the eight participating teams, international and international technical delegates, referees and sport authorities.

“After the preliminary inquiries yesterday, we are ready for the spectacular multi-sport festivity of our region, thanks to a great team specialized in volleyball and of Barranquilla’s organizing committee” said Cristobal Marte.

Pan-American Volleyball Union President and South American Volleyball Confederation President Rafael Lloreda, also addressed the meeting saying “we are among friends, welcome to my country and we hope that volleyball will bring a great spectacle so the people of Barranquilla can enjoy the high quality of our sport. These Games are of great importance for Barranquilla, a city that rescued the event thanks to the efforts of the late CASCO President Hector Cardona”.

Lloreda also indicated that the Humberto Perea Coliseum, with a capacity of 3,900 spectators, is a legacy for sports in Barranquilla, hosting one of the most followed sports of the Games. 

Marte Hoffiz added that Barranquilla hosted the V Central American and Caribbean Games in 1946 and volleyball also took part of them, “we are confident that volleyball will be a high leveled tournament with Olympic teams; the competition will run without problems and NORCECA representatives are working in every detail to assure a successful event”.

Ariel Sainz Competition Director gave his final report to the teams, indicating that the Humberto Perea Coliseum is set for the competition.