The host country:
Argentina has experienced a steady rise in popularity
of the sport of volleyball over the years. And as the
country gets set to host one of the most important
events of the year – the 2013 World League Finals
Argentina is set to be gripped with volleyball fever.
The sport has a large following in Argentina with
around 30,000 players currently registered with clubs
around the country. With the thousands more who
play in schools across the various provinces, it suffices
to say that the sport is very much part of the nation’s
As further proof of Argentina’s growth as a volleyball
nation, several of its coaches are now working
with great success at the top levels internationally,
including Daniel Castellani (current coach of Turkish
club Fenerbahce), Marcelo Méndez (coach of Brazilian
club Sada Cruzeiro) and Julio Velasco (men’s national
team coach of Iran).
The host city:
Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata is located on the coast of the Atlantic
Ocean, 400km south of the capital Buenos Aires. It is
the second largest city of the Buenos Aires province, one
of the country’s major fishing ports and is famous the
world over for its magnificent beaches.Its population of
inhabitants grows up to around 2,000,000
during the summer season.
The Islas Malvinas Competition Hall is an important
sports centre with a multi-purpose Olympic style
stadium, first used for the 1978 Football World Cup
and then upgraded for the 1996 Pan American Games.
It is designed to host large-scale sports events as well
as shows, conventions and exhibitions. Matches of the
FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships were held
at this sports centre in Mar del Plata in 2002.