Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, August 13, 2007– The best sixteen youth teams of the world will start on Wednesday the competition to win the trophy of the 10th Boy’s Youth World Championship in Tijuana and Mexicali cities, with Brazil, Russia and Iran as the big favorites. The competition will show all the big forces in this age category, the defending and two time champion Russia, Brazil, winner of this competition six times out of nine and also Iran, silver medalist in 2001 and bronze medalist in 2003. Argentina that ended fourth in the 2005 edition is also an interesting team to watch.
Day one on Wednesday will feature eight matches across four pools. Pool A in Tijuana will include an exciting clash between hosts Mexico and the European Belgium that plays for the first time in this event. Also in Pool A, Tunisia will meet India, silver medalist in 2003.
Pool B in Mexicali sees Egypt, fourth in the 2001 edition, play France that ended sixth in the last World Championship in Algiers. Brazil, first runner-up in 2005, will face Germany, which as Belgium will also debut in this category.
In pool C playing in Tijuana, the defending champions Russia, gold medalist in 1999 and 2005, play China, while South American Argentina, fourth in 2005 edition, faces the United States of America in their second participation after a seventh position back in 1995.
Pool D in Mexicali shows a European-Norceca clash between Poland and Cuba and another strong match between Iran and Puerto Rico, fourth back in 1999. The group round-robin preliminaries between the 16 teams will be played from August 15-17 to determine the ranking and will be classified from 1st to 4th. There will be also a second round from August 20-22, while the Semi Finals and play offs rounds will be played on August 25th. The Finals and play offs for the gold medal, will be played on Augist 26th.
Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB Vice-President, will lead the Control Committee in both cities and also will conduct the General Technical Meeting that will take place tomorrow noon at the Grand Hotel Tijuana. After this session, there will be a press conference with all the 16 coaches in their first contact with the media. Mr. Marte counts with the strong support of Mr. Alejandro Salinas de la Garza, President of the Mexican Volleyball Federation and Mr. Saúl Castro Verdugo, President of the Local Organizing Committee.
The 2007 Boy's Youth World Championship is one of the more powerful FIVB's events, which is a smart preview of the futures Men's Worldchampionships. Some of the best players in Mexico will be probably among the 12 of many senior teams in the next years. The same fierce competition as displayed by senior teams is guaranteed to animate the young Volleyball elite as this biennial Youth World Championship is a unique occassion for them to showcase their talent on the international stage.