September 24, 2012, Langley, BC – Volleyball Canada and the Langley Event Centre have received notice that Venezuela has withdrawn its entry in the inaugural U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup taking place at the Langley Event Centre Sept. 25-30, 2012.

Citing both visa and travel issues, Venezuela informed Volleyball Canada late Friday that they were unable to travel and attend the event.

The U-23 Pan American Cup will now continue with the remaining five participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Canada, being represented by the Trinity Western University Spartans. The schedule will be adjusted now with two matches per day, still from September 25-30, with the teams competing in a complete round robin format plus a final playoff day.

Revised Event Schedule (all of Canada’s round robin games start at 8:00 p.m.)

Sept. 25 – 6pm Dominican Republic vs Argentina; 8pm Canada vs. Mexico

Sept. 26 – 6pm Argentina vs Mexico; 8pm Brazil vs Dominican Republic

Sept. 27 – 6pm Brazil vs Argentina; 8pm Canada vs. Dominican Republic

Sept. 28 – 6pm Mexico vs Dominican Republic; 8pm Canada vs. Brazil

Sept. 29 – 6pm Brazil vs Mexico; 8pm Canada vs. Argentina

Sept. 30 – 3pm Bronze Medal Match; 5pm Gold Medal Match

The U-23 Pan American Cup will feature some of the very best volleyball-playing countries in the Americas. The event will feature the stars of tomorrow, with many potential competitors on their way to

eventually representing their countries at the senior level.

To buy tickets for the U-23 Pan American Volleyball Cup, go to www.langleyeventscentre.com or go to the TWU Bookstore on the Trinity Western University campus.

The event will also be broadcast live online, with play-by-play and colour commentary, from the arena bowl at the Langley Events Centre. The games will be available on a pay-per-view basis. Prices are

$3.49 per game or $14.99 for the entire tournament.

Click here for the link to the live broadcast: http://www.langleyeventscentre.com/u23volleyballcup.

About the U-23 Pan American Cup

The U-23 Pan American Cup is a new competition created jointly by the NORCECA (North America, Central America & Caribbean) and the South American Volleyball Confederations, and will feature the top teams from these zones. The event has been developed to provide an additional competitive opportunity for developing national team players who may be on the cusp of making their first appearances with their respective country’s senior level national teams. Athletes must be born in 1990 or later to be eligible to compete.

About Langley Events Centre

The Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Triple Gymnasium, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Basketball BC, Langley Sports Medicine Clinic, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, RE Mountain Secondary School, and the Willoughby Community Centre. The facility has hosted events such as the 2010 BC Summer Games, 2011 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championships, the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling, the 2012 TELUS Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Championships, the 2011 and 2012 BC High School Boys’ AAA Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS, and multiple Provincial Gymnastics Championships. The LEC is also proud to be host to the 2012 U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup and the 2013 BC AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS. For a complete list of previous and upcoming events, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com