Cuba welcomes Japan U23 Men’s Team
HAVANA, Cuba, February 6, 2017 – Japan’s U23 Men’s National Team
is in Cuba to train and play three official matches against a
team of Cuba that includes players from different age-group
Two players from the Cuban senior team –opposite Dariel Albo and
libero Yonder Garcia- are part of the home side.
“We need to evaluate the condition of these two players in real
game situations,” said Ariel Sainz, president of the Cuban
Volleyball Federation, who announced Nicolas Vives, who held the
position at Rio Olympic Games, as the coach of the team.
Sainz, who is also the volleyball national commissioner,
commented that in Cuba “we have young but talented players and
this friendly competition will help with their development
facing a team that was here two years ago, has grown a lot, and
will represent the host country at the 2010 Olympics.”
The squads will play closed doors unofficial matches on February
6, 7 and 10 at Volleyball National School and official contests
on February 9 and 12 at La Mariposa Gymnasium of University
Manuel Fajardo and on February 11 at 19th of November
Hall on Pinar del Rio.
Cuba is already qualified to the U19 and U23 Men’s World
Championships to be held in Bahrain and Egypt, respectively.
Vives said the emphasis will be focused on the U21 group that
will be seeking the world championship ticket at the U21 Pan
American Cup to be held in Canada from May 14 to 22.
“Also the competition will allow us to see in action the players
with the conditions to face the other international commitments
as the XII Pan American Senior Cup to be held next July, one
that offers spots to the 2018 World League,” Vives said.