SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 13,
2022 - Raul Vilchez, the former Cuban middle
blocker known as “La Muralla” for his blocking
ability at the net has died in Colombia after a
battle with cancer. He was 67.
The news about Vilchez's death were offered by
the former player Mireya Luis, who pointed out
that he had been battling with the disease for
the last few months.
Vilchez had been living in Colombia for the past
23 years where he was a volleyball instructor
and coach at several levels.
The slender Vilchez was the captain of the Cuban
team that won the bronze medal at the 1976
Montreal Olympic Games, a squad that included
star players like Leonel Marshall, Diego Lapera,
Jorge Perez Vento among others.
He also took part at the 1980 Moscow Olympics
and participated in four world championships,
two world cups, six Pan American Games and six
Central American and Caribbean Games.
May rest in peace!