Mexican duo looking for more signs on road to Tokyo
DOHA, Qatar, March 9, 2020 - The Mexican pair made it through
qualifying with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-18) win over Gambia’s Sainey
Jawo and Mbye Babou Jarra on Monday that means they will start
in the main draw on Tuesday.
Their hope is that it will act as a spur that drives them on to
the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games having impressed on their Olympic
debuts at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
“When you are on that road you may enter a tournament in a
difficult situation, but when you’ve played a few tournaments
you start to see those signs,” Ontiveros said.
“Now we have to start looking for these signs.”
Ontiveros and Virgen enjoyed a ninth-place finish at Rio 2016,
and they are currently outside the qualifying places in the FIVB
The pair have played together since 2013 and their most recent
podium finishes came in 2017 when they won silver at the Qinzhou
3-Star and bronze at the Olsztyn 3-Star.
They have until the end of the Rome 5-Star on June 14 to find a
way into the top 15 who are guaranteed a place at Tokyo 2020,
with a maximum of two per National Olympic Committee (NOC).
“The crowd in Rio was crazy because the stadium was so big, and
the people and the people love the sport there. A lot of
friends, family and my wife came to watch,” Ontiveros said.
“It is good to play alongside Juan. We have played together for
a long time, so we know each other very well.”
The men-only tournament in Doha will run from March 9-13 at
Katara Cultural Village in the north of the city. It is the
second of nine 4-Star events on the 2019-2020 calendar and the
winners will leave with 800 ranking points.
Qatar has built up a strong tradition of hosting World Tour
events since it hosted its first in 2014. Two more followed in
2015 and 2016, then in 2018 the tournament grew from a 3-Star
tournament to a 4-Star tournament.