Cubans in Varna for Men’s WCH


HAVANA, Cuba, September 11, 2018 - The Cuban men's volleyball team traveled to Varna on Sunday, where they will debut on the 12th against the defending championPoland in Group D of the World Championship, which for the first time will organize two countries in the preliminary round of groups, Italy and Bulgaria.


In addition to competing against the Poles and the hosts, those from the Caribbean island will also have net by means of the Asian champion, Iran; Finland and Puerto Rico, the latter two the most likely for Cubans to score two important victories.


Aware of the great challenge ahead, Ariel Sainz, president of the Cuban Federation and head of the delegation in this gender said that "we have set the goal of advancing to the second phase and for this we need to place ourselves in the fourth place at least and for that we need those two victories."


The other three lots are made up of Italy, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Slovenia and the Dominican Republic (Group A in Florence); Brazil, Canada, France, Egypt, China and Holland (Group B in Ruse, Bulgaria) and the United States, Russia, Serbia, Australia, Tunisia and Cameroon (Group C in Bari, Italy).


After the five matches that will be made in each group, they will classify the best four to the next round, gathered in pair of keys of eight sides and these in turn will advance the best three, six in total, to compete in the semifinals and medals.


The Cuban team is made up of auxiliary or corner attackers Miguel Ángel López (21 years old), Osniel Melgarejo (20), Marlon Yang (17) and Yohan León (23), and opposites Miguel David Gutiérrez (21) and Jaime Jesús Herrera (23).


Also the centrals Liván Osoria (24), Roamy Alonso (21) and Javier Concepción (20); the setters Adrián Goide (20) and Liván Taboada (19), and the libero Yonder García (25).


All participated in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla, where they finished fourth, except for the new promotion in the national team Herrera y León.


The technical group is headed by its director Nicolás Vives and his assistant Yosvany Muñoz, who will be accompanied by medical doctor Antonio Iznaga and physiotherapist Pedro Roche.


The best performances of Cuba date from 1990 and 2010 with silver medals, and in 1978 and 1998 bronzes.


In the meantime, those with the most gold medals are the former Soviet Union (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978 and 1982); Italy (1990, 1994 and 1998); Brazil (2002, 2006 and 2010); Czechoslovakia (1956 and 1966), and Poland (1974 and 2014).


In the edition of four years ago they escorted Poland on the podium Brazil (silver) and Germany (bronze).