AFECAVOL, Proof of success of NORCECA Development Plan
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, February 12, 2017.- After two days of
sessions during the General Assembly of the Association of
Central American Volleyball Federations AFECAVOL, the results
reported by its members to the FIVB First Executive Vice
President and NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, showed
the success of the development plan accomplished by the Central
American region in 2016.
Marta Centeno de Sajché, AFECAVOL President, presented the 2016
AFECAVOL report, congratulating the efforts by their members
“our zone is seeking for better results and we want to be
winners; with your active intervention during this Assembly, we
will be able to take the necessary measures in transforming our
ideas into results. Volleyball is a product that we must exploit
with new strategies as a new Olympic phase begins, we can be
well prepared to embark into the future”.
With financial aid, technical support, volleyball equipment
supplies, courses and Sport Court surfaces, Central America has
accomplished to be visible among the National Federations that
conform the NORCECA Confederation, obtaining historic results
that translate in nothing else but development.
Costa Rica was the center of attention in women’s beach
volleyball while qualifying for the first time in history to the
Olympic Games, winning the NORCECA Continental Cup. Guatemala as
well, in volleyball, beat the Central American and Caribbean
Champions of Dominican Republic, in the first stage of the Men’s
2018 FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament.
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, also spoke during the Assembly
indicating “development is a simple word, it’s easy to
understand and to write, but it’s not easy to reach. This has
been a long process, it takes time to complete in its maximum
expression and without creating false expectations, AFECAVOL has
demonstrated a solid structure, Norceca investment has given
good results and now, for the next few years we need to continue
working even more, as we will be facing bigger challenges”.
The reports of the 2016 Central American tournaments were
discussed, in which the AFECAVOL celebrated the third edition of
the U-23 championships in both genders, as pioneers in this
An important point in the agenda was the approval that the
volleyball tournament of the Central American Games will now
ranked every four years in order to provide the necessary space
for the FIVB World Championships qualification process.
The NORCECA Tour will continue to be the event that grants
ranking points to qualify for events of the Olympic Cycle and
FIVB World Championships. The success of the NORCECA Tour has
allowed our athletes to have more international exposure, hence
that the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in
Barranquilla will have a total of 24 teams per gender.
Central America will be organizing U-18 and U-20 women regional
events, U-19 and U-21 men events and the annual U-21 and Senior
Beach Volleyball Championships. Double day competitions were
approved in volleyball tournaments, which results will be
reviewed in the next Assembly.
The 2017 the competition calendar is as follows:
XVII Senior Beach Volleyball Championship, GUATEMALA
XVII Women’s U-20 Championship, BELIZE
August (TBD) X
U-21 Beach Volleyball Championship, COSTA RICA
August 22-27 XII
Girls’ U-18 Championship, HONDURAS
XVII Men’s U-21 Championship, NICARAGUA
XII Boy’s U-19 Championship, PANAMA
December 3-17 XI
Central American Games, MANAGUA
AFECAVOL will give a huge step in 2018 as they will celebrate
the first edition of the U-17 and U-19 Central American Beach
Volleyball Championships. Costa Rica and Nicaragua confirmed to
host the respective events.
Volleyball is transforming worldwide by modifying different
programs, reason why the NORCECA Confederation will be adjusting
its plans to face new challenges and aspiring to transcend in
the international arena. Marte Hoffiz indicated that he will
continue to battle for Central America, ECVA and CAZOVA in his
position as President, “I won’t disappoint you; with
responsibility and loyalty I will reattribute your trust. I will
continue to work with passion and heart, I am sure we will move
The two day Assembly was productive, the efforts of the regional
Federations reflect in their reports and the financial
statements, but Cristobal Marte made it clear that there is a
lot of hard word that can’t be measured.
Marta Centeno de Sajché announced a leave of absence of one
year; motion approved by Cristobal Marte Hoffiz and as President
of NORCECA and all members present in the Assembly, Costa Rica
President and NORCECA
Vice President, Mr. Edgar Alvarado was designated acting
In her closing words, Centeno de Sajché said “I exhort you to be
more efficient; our only option is to work every day a little
more. Nothing takes as long as it takes to never begin”.