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Julio Velasco officially presented as coach of Argentina’s men’s national team


Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 20, 2014 – Julio Velasco was officially presented as the new coach of Argentina’s men’s national volleyball team at the Golden Hall at the Plaza Buenos Aires Hotel on Wednesday evening.

Velasco will be at the helm until the end of the Olympic cycle in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Also present at the event were  Carlos Mauricio Espinola (Argentine Sport Secretary),  Mario Moccia (Argentine Olympic Committee and ENARD General Secretary),  Juan Antonio Gutierrez  (Argentine Volleyball Federation President) and Hernan Garcia (Director of Pro-Enter - official marketing of the FeVA).

"It is a luxury and a pride to be the coach of Argentina’s senior’s men's team. It has been my goal and I really wanted to take on that duty and I am very excited with this chance," said Velasco in his opening remarks.  

On the verge of tears, the 62 years old coach added: "My entire volleyball life goes through my head like a video at this moment. The main idea is that the people feel pride in this team. I do not promise results, but it is a very important job. I want more people to play volleyball, to broadcast the group spirit that each player feels when he plays with the national jersey. It is a huge responsibility."

Velasco expressed his surprise at the size of the press conference event. This is what some of the other officials had to say.

Carlos Mauricio Espinola (Argentine Sport Secretary)

"I am very proud to be part of Julio Velasco’s arrival in Argentina. After fulfilling so many important goals, from being a very experienced and well known coach around the world, he arrives today in Argentina as a coach with a great deal of experience. I would like to express my thanks and will to work with him and plan new goals. You can count on our support.”

Mario Moccia (COA and ENARD General Secretary)

"I would like to congratulate Juan Antonio Gutierrez and all FeVA staff  for making this a reality. These are small steps to make sure that Argentina becomes one of the greatest, important and most prominent country in the sport of volleyball.  We have to support this and Velasco’s arrival is a source of great pride for Argentine sport".

Juan Antonio Gutierrez (FeVA President)

"I want to thank all those who are here for such a special day in Argentine Volleyball. I want to thank  Mario Moccia of Carlos Mauricio Espinola, the provincial and federation authorities, ENARD authorities, journalists, friends and fellow coaches for their presence here today. Today is a good day for all volleyball lovers and our sport in general. We want to emphasise that the arrival of Velasco bodes well for the place that Argentine Volleyball deserves."

Hernan Garcia (Pro-Enter Director)

"Thank you very much to everyone here today. I want to thank all the sponsors that support us and who will help us make good use of this new period. We expect them to keep supporting us. Thank you very much to Julio Velasco who has made this great effort to work here in Argentina. It will be very important for Argentine sport because such an important experienced personality will generate a revolution."



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