Amidst the excitement and anticipation that surrounds Ultimate Frisbee U-24 World Cup The Colombian national team, which is scheduled to be held in Nottingham, UK, from July 2 to 8 this year, will face great challenges in order to participate in this prestigious tournament. With more than 16 nations participating in the men’s, women’s and mixed branches, the event promises to be a true sporting contest. This is due to the presence of elite greats and world standards, such as the indomitable United States, which in its entire history has never lost in the junior categories; Japan, a perennial finalist that came from a change of generations, takes over from a glorious era of Japanese Frisbee; Canada, a sleeping giant that with a large number of new talent intends to return to the top positions in the world rankings, as well as great European teams such as Italy, Great Britain or Germany, making world discoveries in Belgium and Colombia have complicated things when trying to compete with the great powers .
However, for the Colombian team, creating a sports project in just six months and the costs associated with the trip present an enormous challenge.
The team’s coach, Mauricio Moore, became the tireless leader who encouraged the players to overcome these difficulties. In an exclusive interview, Moore shared his view on the challenge of bringing a large delegation to the Under-24 World Cup.
“Time was our biggest enemy. With only six months to prepare, we had to work hard to build a competitive and cohesive team,” said Moore. In addition, the costs associated with traveling to the UK posed a major hurdle. The costs of logistics, transport, accommodation and food for the delegation It is a huge financial burden.”
The lack of time to plan and build a strong sports project presented additional challenges to the Colombian team. Identifying and selecting talents, shaping game strategies, and consolidating effective team dynamics have become urgent tasks.
Despite these difficulties, we have worked tirelessly to lay a solid foundation. “We took every opportunity to train together and participate in both local and international competitions,” said Moore. “The mentality of the team was key; all the players showed great dedication and exceptional commitment. We are focused on our goal of proudly representing Colombia at the U-24 World Cup.”
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The cost of the trip and participation in the tournament were decisive factors in the preparation process. The lack of financial support from the Colombian government, despite the presence of FECODV (Federación Colombiana de Disco Volador) and the difficulty of finding sponsors led the team to look for innovative fundraising solutions, including fundraising events, individual donations, and support from the Ultimate Frisbee community in Colombia.
Moore also highlighted the importance of public-private collaboration to ensure the Colombian team’s continued participation in international events. “We need greater institutional support and greater visibility for Ultimate Frisbee in Colombia. This will benefit not only our national team, but also the expansion and development of the sport in the country,” he emphasized.
Despite the difficulties, the Colombian national team has remained steadfast in its determination to compete in the U-24 World Cup in Ultimate Frisbee. They showed unwavering will and indomitable passion throughout the preparation process. They showed this by making sacrifices when playing local tournaments, and selling food and jewelry, among other things. The team is confident that despite the obstacles, their efforts and dedication will translate into an outstanding performance in the tournament.
This, taking into account the recent impressive performance of the men’s and mixed categories at the U-20 World Cup held in Poland last year and building on the precedent of the last U-24 World Cup held in Germany, where Colombia positioned themselves at the top of the list. The main revelation was that the tournament won second place in the women’s category, sixth in the men’s category, and eighth in the mixed category.