Next NORCECA Congress will be in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
TIJUANA, Mexico, November 3, 2013 – The next NORCECA Congress
will be in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in October 2015.
The delegates voted enthusiastically in favor of the famous
tourist region for the biennial meetings, which was the only
candidature submitted in the last session of the two-day general
assembly that gathered together delegates from 40 National
Federations and Territories.
The presentation of the Dominican Republic’s candidacy was made
by Jose Aybar, vice president of the Dominican Volleyball
The region of Punta Cana in the eastern part of the Dominican
Republic hosted the 2005 and 2011 NORCECA Congress. It was also
the site of the FIVB and Board of Administration meetings in
The delegates also approved two new age-group categories
starting in 2014: The U-15 and U-23 Championships.
The representatives of the VIS and Statistics, Media, Medical,
Technical and Development commissions made summarized reports of
the activities of their respective areas for the past two years.
They are Judith Sandino, Roosevelt Comarazamy, Victor Figueroa,
Ariel Sainz and Mushtaque Mohammed.
Then Saul Castro Verdugo, president of the Sport Organizing
Commission, made a compared report about the increase of the
number of countries who hosted events over the last two years.
The number of countries grew up to 25 for a 59 percentage of the
totality of the NF affiliated to NORCECA. He pointed out that in
the past the circle of countries willing to be hosts was reduced
to only five.
It was also announced that Wilbur Harrigan of Antigua and
Warrenton Dixon of Jamaica, were selected as new members of the
NORCECA Board of Administration.
On Saturday, the members of the Finance, Beach Volleyball, Legal
and Refereeing commissions presented their respective reports
before the Congress, the highest authority in the structure or
During the Congress the National Federations of Mexico,
Guatemala, Jamaica and Saint Lucia were recognized for their
outstanding performance while hosting events and developing the
sport in their countries.
Also Jacques Joachim and Edgar Alvarado, of Haiti and Costa
Rica, received the FIVB Silver Collar for outstanding services
to the sport. It was also designated a high commission which
will travel to Cuba to present the Golden Collar to Eugenio
George Laffita, who couldn’t attend due to delicate health.
The XXII NORCECA Congress was attended by four confederation’s
president along with the FIVB President Dr. Ary
was an unprecedented fact in the history of FIVB.
Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, president
of Asian Confederation, Dr. Amr Elwani of Egypt, president of
African Confederation, Dr. Rafael Lloreda Currea of Colombia,
president of South American Confederation, and Cristobal Marte
Hoffiz of Dominican Republic, president of NORCECA, all attended
the two-day meetings.
At the conclusion of the meetings, the delegates took part in
the opening ceremony of the new FIVB-NORCECA Regional
Development Center located at the Baja California High
Performance Center in Tijuana.