PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 30, 2015 – The
participants in the Evaluation Seminar prior to the XXIII
NORCECA Congress in Punta Cana praised the benefits received by
their countries through the FIVB programs during the past four
Mushtaque Mohamed, president of the Development Commission of
NORCECA said all National Federations Category I and II have
benefitted from those programs and are now prepared “to make the
big jump in the next four-year cycle”.
“All the participants from the different zones have expressed
satisfaction for the support received thus far and are ready to
continue giving their best to expand our sport in their
countries,” Mohamed said.
The one-day seminar concluded on Friday with FIVB President Dr.
Ary S. Graca F° commending the hard work by the national
“Nobody is better than anybody, but world we have are people who
work and people who don’t work,” Dr. Graca said.
The president of FIVB said that beach volleyball is better
suited for small countries that don’t have big population but
can field good teams of two individuals.
“For those countries, beach volleyball is the right way to go
because of limited population and financial resources,” Dr.
He also noticed that volleyball is the perfect sport for school
programs due to the absence of violence and physical contact
Mohamed made a presentation of the NORCECA Development Program
starting from 2011 to 2015 in the different zones of the
confederation showing the results attained in both volleyball
and beach volleyball at different age groups.
He took time to give credit to the school programs launched in
Jamaica and also the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the results
in beach volleyball achieved by small countries like St Lucia,
Aruba and Trinidad & Tobago.
Jaime Lamboy, president of the FIVB Legal Commission, took a
turn to explain the procedures to correctly organize a National
Federation, and Tyrone Marcus, member of NORCECA Legal
Commission, explained the importance of having a legally
Diogo Jurema, member of the FIVB Development Department,
participated in the seminar explaining the new initiatives and
programs of FIVB and the way to access and benefit from it. He
also emphasized on the necessity of promoting festivals to
motivate young people to practice volleyball.
In the afternoon session, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of
NORCECA, encouraged the participants in the seminar to continue
working hard after their goals “with passion, patience and
He then presented a short video showing the last 10 seconds of
title match won by the Dominican Republic against Brazil at the
FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Puerto Rico.
“Anything, any dream is possible if your work guided by those
three words as a motto,” Marte Hoffiz said.