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Anybody wondering just what it means for Chile to participate
in the 2013 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship need only
revisit the moment they booked their ticket to Mexico with
victory over Venezuela on November 11.
Chile have not sent a team to a World Championship in almost 30
years, and the picture of captain Dusan Bonacic racing across court
to celebrate in the arms of his family summed up the outpouring of
emotion. Coach Daniel Nejamkin’s youngsters had overcome Venezuela
to take third place in the South American Youth Championship, and
with it their passage to Tijuana and Mexicali in June.
I can’t put into words what I’m feeling,” said Bonacic after the
25-20, 25-11, 25-18
bronze-medal match triumph at Santiago’s
Olympic Training Centre. It was, he added, a reward for “all the
sacrifices” made by a group of players breathing new life into Chilean
volleyball under the guidance of their Argentinian coach Nejamkin.
You can trace Chile’s improvement back to the date of Nejamkin’s
arrival in January 2010 to take charge of the national male volleyball
teams. He embarked immediately upon a plan of action, with an
emphasis on hard work (Nejamkin found a group of players ready to
sacrifice weekends and commit to daily double training sessions) and
Chilean youth warming their nation’s heart
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The Chilean squad celebrate qualification for the 2013 FIVB Boys’
Youth World Championship after taking third place in the South
American Youth Championship