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Peru president welcomes national youth squad to government palace

The Peruvian president advised the team to take their role seriously, saying: "Being a national figure comes with sacrifice."
Lima, Peru, January 9, 2013 – The Peruvian youth girls’ team, gold medal winners at the 2012 South American Youth Girls’ Championship, were the centres of attention at a ceremony to honour them in the government palace in Lima.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso welcomed the members of the U18 team to the Peruvian capital, along with Nadine Heredia, the first lady, Francisco Boza, president of the Peruvian Institute of Sports, Patricia Salas, the education minister, Cenaida Uribe, congresswoman and Olympic medallist in volleyball, Luis Linares, president of the Peruvian Volleyball Federation (FPV), and Rosa García, member of the Peruvian Volleyball Federation’s board and also an Olympic medallist in volleyball.

Each of the girls got a new iPad, while captain Angela Leyva accepted on behalf of her team-mates a check for five thousand Nuevos Soles (the local currency).

The squad won the gold medal after defeating Brazil at the XVIII South American Youth Championship, and qualified for the 2013 Girls' U18 World Championship which will be held in Thailand July 26 to August 4.

The ceremony can be watched


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