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This Thursday in the Paicova Hall of the Hotel del Comahue in the center of Neuquen, the launching press conference of the FIVB Grand Prix 2017 to be played next weekend at the Ruca Che stadium was held with the presence of local and Argentine Federation authorities, together with the coaches of the participating teams.

The Sports and Youth Undersecretary of the Province of Neuquen, Luis Sanchez, joined Fabian Ramon, FeVA Prosecretary, and Jose Maria Cuadrillero, President of the National Organizing Committee, to receive the head coaches of the teams that from Friday will open to the most important annual tournament of the world calendar.

Miroslav Aksentijevic of Croatia, Nawrocki Jacek of Poland, Marcelo Abbondanza of Canada and Guillermo Orduna, coach of our Panthers, received the official salutation and shared their expectations after Sanchez, who took the opportunity to wish a happy stay to the delegations and highlighted the importance of organizing an event of these characteristics in the province.

Luis Sanchez (Sports and Youth undersecretary of Neuquen): 'We want to wish a happy stay to the representatives of Canada, Poland, Croatia and Argentina. For us it is a pride to receive an event of these characteristics with a discipline that has been working very well in Argentina. In the province we work for a sports revolution that guarantee accessibility to physical education and sport. We hope that this event be remembered as the beginning of something very important, that people of the province have the possibility to see high level volleyball. There is a huge responsibility, participation and trust of the Argentine Federation with Juan Antonio Gutierrez as leader. We hope you enjoy of the event and your stay here.'

Guillermo Orduna (Argentina coach): 'We want to welcome all the teams. Playing in Argentina is very important for my team. Since the beginning of the Olympic process four years ago, the Federation made a very important commitment to bring international teams and events like never before. Our National Team started finding results, had an approach and a very important support of the people, so for us is still a challenge and a pride to play in our country. In this new stage, the team, like any group that finished a process, had changes and we are going through that stage. I am satisfied with what was shown by the team in the previous tournaments, the growth of some players and the incorporation of others.'

Marcelo Abbonzanza (Canada coach): 'We come to look for experience. For us it is an important tournament in several senses: it is a new team, we play the Panamerican Cup in good shape and we hope to grow as a group in this competition. Rivals are very tough, but we will do the best we can in this tournament.'

Miroslav Aksentijevic (Croatia coach): 'I would like to thank the Argentine Federation, we spend here one week with very nice people, we played three friendly games and that was a great experience for my team. It was a plessure for us to play on this atmosphere. The main objective for us is to gain experience; we have a very young team, we're changing a generation of players and we will give our best to perform good volleyball.'

Nawrocki Jacek (Poland coach): 'We came here to fight for the best results, it will be very difficult because our opponents are very demanding, but we're going to play for us and for our fans. We want to play as good as we can. I remember two years ago when we were in Argentina, everything was very good and I think this years will be like it was in that moment.'

Friday 7/7

21hs Croatia vs Poland
23:59hs Argentina vs Canada

Saturday 8/7
19hs Poland vs Canada
22hs Argentina vs Croatia

Sunday 9/7
19hs Canada vs Croatia
22hs Argentina vs Poland

-Neuquen Volleyball Federation (Independencia 832): Monday to Friday 10:00hs to 12:00hs and 18:00hs to 21:00hs.
-Ruca Che Stadium (Antártida Argentina 3901): Monday to Friday 10:00hs toa 12:00hs and 15:00hs to 18:00hs. NO SALE ON THE MATCH DAYS.
-Plottier: X3 Patagonia (Belgrano 172): Monday to Friday 09:00hs to 12:00hs.
-Cutral Co: Gimnasio Municipal (San Juan 105): Monday to Friday 09:00hs to 14:00hs; Tuesday and Thursday 18:00hs to 21:00hs.
-Roca: Juliana Deportiva (Tucuman 1190): Monday to Saturday 09:30hs to 12:30hs and 17:00hs to 21:00hs.

IMPORTANT: The only official sale points are the ones published here as well as the values of the entries.
Those who want to buy tickets and are not in Neuquen, can communicate with tesoreria@fnvoleibol in order to coordinate reservations and payments.