World Challenge Volleyball Cup 2012 launched in Buenos Aires
The international competition will take place at Once Unidos Stadium in the city of Mar del Plata from September 18 to 23 and will feature teams from Brazil, Canada, USA, Japan and Argentina.
The official opening took place in the presence of the Buenos Aires Province Sport Secretary, Alejandro Rodriguez; the Under-Secretary Director of the Buenos Aires Province Houses, Evelyn Ramos; the Under-Secretary of the Federated Sports of the Province, Juan Manuel Lopez Gomez; the General Secretary of the Argentine Volleyball Federation, Gabriel Salvia; the President of the Argentine Volleyball Teams League Association, Oscar Boccalandro; and a delegation of the participants.
Sports Secretary Alejandro Rodríguez commented: “It is with pride that our province, which works so hard in all sports, has such an important volleyball event. It is another organisational challenge and one step forward in our working policy to broadcast sport in a region that has, for example, 60 per cent of the national sport representation in international competitions.”
Pablo Crer of the Bolivar team said: “We are proud to play in this important international tournament with great rivals. It will be a great experience for us as we are getting to know each other in a new team heading towards a very demanding season.”
Buenos Aires Unidos coach Waldo Kantor emphasized the significance of the tournament. “The top teams talk about this tournament and as the host team we have the responsibility of showing our best, so we have prepared ourselves to do the best we can. The tournament is also a great sign of the growth of Argentine volleyball and of all the teams that participate in it.”
Marcos Milinkovic, who plays for Buenos Aires Unidos commented: “This season we have a great goal and it is to participate in the final series of the Argentine A1 League. This demanding competition will be good for our training and to make our team more confident.”