The Insular Sports Center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria it is decked out again for another cupbearer tournament. Between the 26th and 28th of this month of February, the Avenida Marítima venue brings together the six best teams from the first round of the Iberdola Women’s Volleyball League in lto the Queen’s Cup. The CCO 7 Palmas, As host, he hopes to follow the path of his subsidiary, which was awarded2nd Princess Cup of the Women’s Super League 2, and also Guaguas, which last Sunday raised the Copa del Rey.
The competition lived yesterday its official long sunset on the stage of it. At the event were present, among others, Ángel Víctor Torres, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Teresa mayans, deputy delegate of the Government of Spain in the province of Las Palmas), who also acts as the godmother of this event.
In his speech, Ángel Víctor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, stated that “Canarian sport is in luck” and that its latest successes, in these difficult times, serve “to compensate for the suffering we have lately”.
He also commented on the option that this time there could be an audience in the stands for the Copa de la Reina, something that did not happen last week with the Copa del Rey: “Things are going well, all the islands are getting better, but appealing to common sense before the imminent arrival of Carnival and a bridge, because with the moments of fun is when the contagion and the data of the pandemic rise the most, that is why we will be responsible so that in 15 days we can have public in this Copa de la Reina, because it would be a sign that things are being done well ”.
For his part, Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo, pointed out that Gran Canaria has “historical and adequate facilities” to host these competitions.
The home team will face Kiele Socuéllamos in the quarterfinal round
“Events of this caliber are very important for women’s sport and for the promotion of our island, because we can boast that even though we have lived through some difficult moments in recent weeks, we are nevertheless one of the communities with the best data we have. with respect to the pandemic ”, he stated.
In turn, Augusto Hidalgo, mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, did not hesitate to point out that the capital of Gran Canaria “is the city of volleyball.” “It is a label that no one can take away from us now and that we must display it with pride,” he added.
“We are going to have for the fourth time (2008, 2015, 2019 and 2021) the Copa de la Reina in our city, but we have also recently organized the Copa Princesa and last week we were able to enjoy the Copa del Rey, in an environment where we all remember the historic sites of this pavilion -reference to the Insular Sports Center- at the time when championships of all kinds were won against the best national and European teams ”.
Support for women’s sports
Teresa Mayans, deputy delegate of the Government of Spain in the province of Las Palmas and godmother of this event, pointed out during the official presentation that from “the Government we want to promote women through sports, thanks to the Universo Mujer Program.”
“Betting on women’s sport is doing it through a way of understanding society and sport in an egalitarian and equitable way that leaves no one behind. This championship, which welcomes the six best teams in the Iberdrola League, represents a clear commitment by our region to the role of women in sport ”, he declared.
For her part, Saray Manzano, captain of CCO 7 Palmas, declared that “the entire team is very excited and eager for the time to compete,” although we still have two weeks left until the competition starts. “We are working hard to achieve our goal,” said the player from Gran Canaria, one of the flagships of island women’s volleyball.
Possible Canarian derby in ‘semis’
Once the presentation of the Queen’s Cup was finished, the semifinals of the tournament were drawn under the direction of Roberto Melián, president of the Canarian Volleyball Federation. Ángel Víctor Torres, Antonio Morales, Augusto Hidalgo and Teresa Mayans exercising innocent hands to distribute luck to the six participating teams. Luck wanted to pair Sanaya Libby’s La Laguna de Tenerife with the winner of the quarterfinal match between CCO 7 Palmas and CV Kiele Socuéllamos, which annulled any option of a Canarian final. The other semis crossing will be played by the winner of the match between Osacc Haro Rioja Volleyball and Feel Volley Alcobendas with Avarca Menorca. The latter and the Tenerife team go directly to the penultimate round as they are the first two classified in the League. | VP