SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 22,
2022 - The NORCECA Volleyball Family is deeply
saddened to learn of the passing of former
executive vice president Marta Centeno past
president of Afecavol and also of FIVB Executive
Vice President and member of the Board of
Centeno, 62, was elected to the FIVB Board of
Administration during the XXX World Congress
held in Tokyo in 2006 as part of the quota to
the gender in minority and presided over the
Association of Central American Volleyball
Federations (Afecavol) from 2009 to 2018.
She served as NORCECA and FIVB supervisor for
many international Volleyball and Beach
Volleyball Championships; including the London
2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Centeno was a beloved figure
among the international Volleyball community for
her leadership, spreading her passion for the
sport around the world.
“We are very sad to learn of the
passing of Marta, who served to the sport of
volleyball with passion and integrity. Our
thoughts and prayers are with all
his family”, said NORCECA President Cristobal
Born on March 19, 1960 in the Guatemalan
capital, Centeno was captain of her country's
volleyball team for twenty years, a sport that
she alternated with athletics. She took part in
the Central American Games in 1986 and 1990 in
volleyball and athletics winning silver medals
in javelin and discus and volleyball in the
latter edition held in Guatemala.
Four days after her retirement from the game in
2001, she was elected vice president of
Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala.
Since 2002 she has been part of the Women and
Sports Commission of the Guatemalan Olympic
In 2012, she was recipient of the Carlos Alfonso
Gordillo Award, the highest honor presented by
the Guatemalan Volleyball Federation.
In 2020, Marta was inducted to the Gallery of
the Notables of Guatemalan Sports in recognition
of “her contribution to the improvement,
cultivation and promotion of sport, fair play
and the values that contribute to good human
coexistence in the context of sport.”
The first female electrical engineer graduated
from Universidad of San Marcos, Marta was
married to Cesar Sajche, a former discus thrower
and shot putter, who died in 2020 from Covid-19.
She is survived by her mother Mme Marta Orantes
de Centeno, her son Carlos Jose and daughter in
law Lisa Negron and her beloved grandchildren
Fabian and Marcelo.
May she rest