BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 5, 2016–The FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament for the region, which was originally scheduled for August, but postponed due to Hurricane Earl, will be held September 24th to 30th at the new SCA Multipurpose Center. Belize will be hosting teams from Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. All seven teams will be competing in a round-robin tournament – 3 matches per day for 7 days; 21 matches of world class volleyball.
Teams arrive on September 22nd to start on September 24th. Belize will play El Salvador on the first day at 7:30 p.m. The top 2 teams of this tournament qualify to the continental round, where the top 5 teams go to the World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria.
Team Belize has yet to make the final cut, but is narrowed down to: Karym Coleman, Elton Anderson, Ernan Caliz, Radin Santos, Ean Galvez, Yserri Palacio, Bryton Codd, Marlon Salazar, Francis Hauze, Keith Castillo, Edgar Martinez, Daril Avila, Gabriel Nunez and Jiovanny Gonzalez. The team has been training since February with Cuban coach Prof. Delio Arruebarrena, and Belize coaches Albert Humes, and Wallace Tillett.
Matches are 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Belize plays the final match on 6 of the 7 nights.
World level volleyball coming to Belize! Get ready to support our home team!
Special thanks to our major sponsors: Bowen & Bowen Ltd., AM Construction, Central Cable & Internet, Radisson Fort George Hotel, FT Williams & Associates, BTL, Simon Quan Ltd., and Belize Tourist Board.