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Xinia Alvarado named to Costa Rican Hall of Fame


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, November 4, 2016 – Former volleyball and beach volleyball player Xinia Alvarado Díaz has been elected into the Costa Rican Sport Hall of Fame by the National Council of Sports and Recreation.


The announcement was made by Carolina Mauri, the Costa Rican minister of sports, in the company of Carlos Cortes, president of the Hall of Fame, Virginia Murillo, member of the council and Alba Quesada, director of the Costa Rican Institute of Sports.


The official ceremony will take place on December 6 at the Crystal Cube of the National Stadium.


Alvarado, whose career spanned for 20 years, twice was named the recipient of the National Sport Award.


Xinia captained the Costa Rican Women’s National Team at the 2003 Pan American Games where she was her country flag bearer during the opening ceremony.


Alvarado’s team of Zapote won the national championship for eleven consecutive years and she also won seven national titles in beach volleyball playing with Ingrid Morales and her sister Patricia Alvarado as her partners.


Alvarado is the daughter of Edgar Alvarado Ardon, current president of the Costa Rican Volleyball Federation and former president of the Volleyball Association of Central American Federations (AFECAVOL).


Basketball players Rafael Ugalde Sanz and Jorge Arias Tuk were the two other former athletes elected as part of the 2016 class.