Havana, Apr 22.- The Cuban teams of Leila Martínez- Maylen Delís and Lidianny Echevarría- Yanileydis Sánchez will debut today at the second stop of the world beach volleyball circuit, with headquarters from this Wednesday until next Monday in Cancun, Mexico.
According to the website www.fivb.com, the Martínez- Delís team will be in action on the sands of the Mexican resort against the Dutch Schoon-Stam, while Echeverría-Sánchez will do so against the Lithuanian Dumbauskaite-Grudzinskaite.
If they win, the main Cuban duo will meet this afternoon with the winning couple of the match between the Greek Arvaniti-Karagkouni and the Mexican Cruz-Cortes.
The same will happen with Echeverría and Sánchez, but against the winners of the meeting between the Finnish Parkkinen-Ahtiainen and the Colombian Andrea-Gorda, as part of the first round of the four-star category contest that distributes points for the ranking.
Due to the registrations of this second stop, the tournament has the participation of 60 couples from 27 countries.
The United States, with six pairs (m and f), as well as Brazil (5), Mexico and the Netherlands (4), and Canada, Russia and Japan (3).
In the previous and first phase recently concluded in Cancun, the pairs of Martínez- Delís and Echeverria-Sanchez were eliminated in eighth of end, so ended up in ninth place and 400 points, with the top four for duets in Brazil, with 800 units, Mexico (720), Brazil (640) and Germany (560), in that order.
Accordingly, the Cuban pairs will also compete in the third stop in Cancun, scheduled to take place from May 28 to 1, as well as in Sofia, Bulgaria, from May 20 to 23.
These contests will serve to add points for the ranking of the Americas for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed for next summer, and the pre-Olympic of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean (Norceca), also based in Mexico, from June 24 to 27.
To attend Tokyo, it is mandatory to accumulate 12 tournaments, a figure that Martínez and Delís will meet in the Bulgarian tournament. (Text and photo: ACN)