LIMA 2019 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL OPENS WITH DUEL BETWEEN POWERFUL TEAMS
Many fans of the Argentinian team celebrated its victory against Cuba. Argentina will play against the Peruvian team tomorrow at noon.
Although the Pre-Olympic Tournament to qualify for Tokyo 2020 starts in one week, Argentina arrived at Lima 2019 with a powerful team hoping to reach a gold medal in men’s volleyball. While most of the players that will compete at the Callao Sports Center are not in the first team, they will renew the team after their participation in Japan.
The “Guerreros” began their way to the podium with a 3-0 over Cuba. It was a tight match where they managed to put themselves at the top of Group A in the Pan American Games. Many Argentinian fans were present in the grandstands of the Callao Sport Center rooting for their team with a lot of passion. Hours before, Peru lost 3-1 to Puerto Rico, and tomorrow at 12:30 they will play against the Argentinian team.
“We’re focused on the competition since we arrived at Peru. Defeating Cuba was important for us and now we have high expectations. Many of the players participating in this Games have never been to the Olympic Games, so we’re working hard every day. Also, the excitement you can feel in this coliseum is wonderful. It is worthy of these Games,” said the 24-year-old center-back, Gastón Fernández.
At 18:30, the group B will start with the match between USA vs. Chile, while the match between Brazil and Mexico will close the session at 20:30. To watch these exciting matches, buy your tickets at lima2019.pe/tickets or at the authorized points of sale.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION FORMAT
The volleyball matches at the Pan American Games will be governed by the rules of the International Volleyball Federation. The men’s competition will begin on July 31 and end on August 4, while the women’s competition will be held between August 7 and 11. The venue for the volleyball competitions will be the Callao Sports Center, with a capacity of 6100 spectators and which was built for Lima 2019.
The competition format includes a preliminary round for the two pools, A and B, of four teams each that will compete in a round-robin format. The first two teams of each group will qualify to the semifinals. The two winners of the semifinal will qualify to the final match for the gold medal. The third-place teams of each group will compete for the fifth and sixth place in the qualifying round.