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Piñerua welcomes World League challenge

Kervin Piñerua (first left) captained Venezuela at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014
Caracas, Venezuela, January 26, 2015 - After missing out on the last five editions of the International Volleyball Federation's premier annual competition for men's national teams, Venezuela are scheduled to kick off their 2015 FIVB World League campaign in the second week of June in Pool H, which also features Egypt, Spain and Kazakhstan.

National team captain Kervin Piñerua is clear that: "It will not be an easy competition, but this is a team that has grown positively over the last few years, with increasing participation in global competitions and growing professionalism."

Piñerua, who will participate in the World League for the first time, also believes that: "Our main rivals are Spain, because of their achievements in the history of the sport, but I think we can lead Pool H." Venezuela participated in the World League in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009, with their best result coming in 2005 when five wins and seven defeats earned them a seventh place.

Olympic qualification
In January 2016, Venezuela will host a continental qualifying event for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Pi
ñerua also believes the event will help his country qualify for the Olympics for a second time. "It will be my first international competition in Venezuela and I know that the whole country will be supporting us. It fills me with joy and enthusiasm to fight for this goal," he said. "We are aware that it will be a tough competition, but we are a generation of athletes who want to do all we can for our country, and we want to be in Rio 2016."

Italian coach Vincenzo Nacci was recently reconfirmed as the country's national team coach. Piñerua said: "I am pleased that coach Vincenzo will be with us again, because during all this time I have been impressed by his work rate and results. Nacci also has close ties with the players on the team, which has helped to develop a very positive energy between coach and players."

Piñerua is currently one of the top scorers in the Slovak Volleyball League, where he and fellow Venezuelans Carlos Páez and Emerson Rodriguez play for VK Prievidza.

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