Tijuana, a stopover on the journey to London 2012

The Olympics are almost here and nobody wants to miss out! Up until July, the teams have a number of opportunities to book their place in London, so the tournaments will be hard fought and really exciting.

One of the competitions for women takes place in Tijuana, Mexico, from April 29 to May 5. The Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (34) will compete in two pools.

The overall winner will join Italy, USA and China, the first three women’s teams to earn their berth for the Games during 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, as well as Algeria. The best ranked team that doesn’t win this tournament will earn another  chance in Japan in May.

Tijuana is gearing up to welcome the stars, one of whom is FIVB Hero Milagros Cabral de la Cruz, champion of the NORCECA Continental Championship in 2009 and the Pan American Cup in 2010. She will lead the Dominican Republic (ranked 9) whose last participation in the Olympic Games was in Athens 2004. 

Cuba, with a new generation of players, will try to make history despite the absence of their star Kenia Carcaces Opon. The team was one of the main contenders of the XVI Pan American Games of Guadalajara 2011, finishing with a silver medal after an amazing final match against Brazil.

There are eight countries looking book their place in London, with only room for one. Who will triumph?