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
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,
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).