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Four teams with good chances in Norceca Menís Olympic Qualification

The eight coaches pose for the cameras after the press conference

Caguas, Puerto Rico, January 5, 2008 - There are at least four teams with fair chances to win the NORCECA Menís Olympic Qualification Tournament and grab the only ticket available to the next Olympic Games in Bejing, China.
Thatís the way of thinking of the coaches expressed during the press conference held on Saturday before the General Technical Meeting.
USA, the only team to defeat Brazil in the World Cup, almost qualified to the Olympics in that event, only to see its chances to vanish away after losing to Russia in a decisive match of five sets.
But the Americans are not alone here. Puerto Rico, the home team, scored a victory against them at the World Cup and Canada and Cuba are here with all their big guns.
Here is what the coaches stated during the press conference:

Ludger Niles (BAR): ďIt is a privilege to play in such prestigious tournament. We are basically here to take more technical and tactical points from the more experienced teams. Our long term goal is to improve the volleyball in the Caribbean and elevate the sport in that area to another level.Ē

Glenn Hoag (CAN): ďObviously this is an important part of the life of every player and every team, with the Olympic cycles of four and eight years. To be in the major sport event like the Olympic Games is the goal of every athlete and coach. We will try our best to be in Beijing.Ē

Orlando Samuels (CUB): ďWe are here to battle for the qualification to Beijing. We have a very young team but with good potential. We will do our best trying to qualify. I donít have any favourite team to beat because I think there are a lot of teams with good chances, so you have to beat all them.Ē

Jacinto Campechano (DOM): ďI think the three teams from each pool advancing after the preliminary round have a fair chance. Anything can happen after that because those teams are very similar. I can guarantee that we are going to be fighting until the last second of every single match.Ē

Jorge Azair (MEX): ďWe are coming here looking for the qualification to the Olympic Games. It is going to be tough because the best teams of our continent are here also with the same purpose. I think it is a dream for us and we are going to play trying to make that sweet dream to come true.Ē

Carlos Cardona (PUR): ďI consider the level of volleyball in NORCECA has grown a lot the past few years. Puerto Rico has achieved some things like playing with more consistency. There is a blend of good experience with young talent. I think there are five or six teams with chances to make it to Beijing.Ē

Augusto Sabbatini (TRI): ďTrinidad & Tobago is participating for the first time in such strong competition. For us is a great pleasure because of the experience we are going to obtain due to the great technical level of all the teams. I think there are at least four teams with good chance to qualify and represent the zone in the Olympics.Ē

Hugh McCutcheon (USA): ďWe have had very short time of preparation because some of our players were competing overseas but they are in good condition and all we need from them is to play up to the best of their ability. This is a very important tournament and we are ready to start competing. I agree with my colleagues regarding the quality of the teams participating in this qualifying tournament.Ē

  
 

 

  
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