NORCECA Congress discusses new projects
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, October 29, 2017.- NORCECA Congress
discussed the proposals of developing a sports partnership with
Special Olympics, the creation of NORCECA TV and the
introduction of Girls’ U16 and Boys’ U17 categories.
NORCECA Congress received the visit of the Special Olympics to
create consciousness in establishing a partnership as an
obligation to get on board the inclusion of athletes with
special intellectual capacities.
The Special Olympics organization was created 50 years ago and
the FIVB came on board the project during the past Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro and now NORCECA is encouraged to contribute
with them as well.
Catalina Cervantes Gamboa, athlete of Special Olympics,
addressed congress with a compelling speech “I motivate you to
join our cause in favor of equality, our differences should not
be a matter of discrimination; we are athletes that practice
strongly and achieve many victories, but we cannot do it alone.
Together we can encourage tolerance thru your beautiful sport,
our message could be stronger and we will compensate you with
the highest moral values of lending a helping hand proving that
we are capable of becoming volleyball players”.
In her message she added “a good leader is not one who speaks a
lot, but that who people believe in what he says”.
Marte Hoffiz indicated that NORCECA has enormous potential and
can provide equipment, share technical knowledge and join forces
in contributing to a better society signing a partnership with
memorandum of understanding.
Another project that was set in practice this year was NORCECA
TV in partnership with Internetv, consisting in a one year trial
period. A pilot program of seven major competitions, as a
starting point was webcasted in high definition and viewers
could purchase special packages to enjoy volleyball.
The project has to be discussed in terms of broadcasting rights,
digital rights, at least a bilingual transmission and revenues
for NORCECA. A wider analysis will be presented to the Board of
Administration to make an evaluated decision.
The creation of Girls’ U16 and Boys’ U17 categories were
approved, starting with NORCECA continental championships in
2018 and the Pan American championships in 2019; both
competitions will be held every two years.
The FIVB Development 2017 Projects Hub Applications were
discussed. NORCECA is the only confederation to complete the
FIVB National Federation Survey and fifteen National Federations
have already been confirmed to benefit from this program.
In other matter, the 2018-2020 Volleyball calendars were
reviewed, according to NORCECA’s rotating hosting schedule,
which can be modified. The 2018 final calendar will be approved
In order to motivate hosting countries of the NORCECA Beach
Volleyball Tour, NORCECA has increased financial support to 50%
for category I and II Federations.
Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Panama, Cuba, Bahamas, Antigua &
Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Grenada, Martinique,
Honduras along with Trinidad & Tobago, confirmed their intention
to host the 2018 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour.