The court was ready on Wednesday 23rd November , starting at 9:00 a.m. start the volleyball competitions in the I Central American and Caribbean Sea and Beach Games that are held in Santa Marta.
In this discipline, 16 countries with 32 teams will be facing each other: Colombia, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Venezuela, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Islands Virgins, El Salvador, Cuba, St. Kiss & Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Haiti. One of the matches will be between the teams from Nicaragua and Trinidad and Tobago, who have been training for this competition since they arrived in the city. “Our main objective is to give everything, play calm and get into the first three places. We are going to give our best because for that we have trained and play as calmly as possible”, expressed Cristopher Josué Cascante Cárdenas, who is part of the Nicaraguan team.
Prior to the matches, the technical meeting was held with the selected participants, where they presented the uniform to be used, in the same way the teams were presented to the competition authorities.
Chris Folo, from the Costa Rican beach volleyball team, indicated that they have good expectations and arrived with the strength of being first in the group. “We had a good group, I think we have good expectations, the sand is very good, a lot of breeze and Santa Marta has welcomed us very well,” said the athlete. It must be taken into account that in Santa Marta 2022 these sporting events will take place in the male and female branches, on the courts of the Santa Marta 500 Years Multi-Sports Park, in the emblematic tourist sector of El Rodadero.
THIS IS HOW BEACH VOLLEYBALL IS PLAYED
Mireya Luis, general international technical delegate of the Central American Games, explained that the discipline lasts between 35 and 40 minutes, which can last a set. “Sometimes the matches are done quickly, when the level of a team is very high and can last 35, 40 or 50 minutes, which is why it is considered a fairly dynamic sport,” explained the delegate. He also added that the teams are made up of a couple of players. With this discipline, the party continues in Santa Marta, a bet by the Governments of Change to support and encourage sports in the city that has become the sports capital of Colombia.