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A former referee will take Costa Rica to the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup
SAN JOSE (Costa Rica) – The Costa Rican Basketball Federation (FECOBA) is going through a great moment: Gabriela Schaer was appointed by FIBA as their technical delegate for the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, which will take place this year in Thailand.
Schaer has had a successful career as a referee and coordinates the Costa Rican Institute for Sports and Recreation (ICODER, for its Spanish acronym). After her outstanding work as the technical delegate in the Central American U16 Championship in Guatemala City, good news keeps bolstering the Tica’s career now that she’s been appointed by FIBA to the most important event in the women's U19 category.
And it’s no coincidence. The former national referee has already under her belt a collection of significant appearances in all phases of the Olympic cycle, such as Centrobasket, World Cup Qualifiers and the Final Four of the Liga de Campeones.
“Above all it was a great surprise to be appointed. I feel very proud to be representing my country in such an important event. I'm particularly grateful to the people that believe in my work and that have always supported me. I'm talking about my family; my closest friends; Mauricio Umaña; my mentor, Geraldo Fontana; Edgar Marín, for the opportunities he gave me as technical delegate; and no less importantly, the Costa Rican Basketball Federation, which is the organization that supports us,” stated Schaer to FECOBA.
This entails that FIBA is confident that this appointment can assume the great responsibility required for a great performance and development of their world-class tournaments; where only the best are called to attend.
The technical delegate in an international tournament has the responsibility of overseeing the event’s effective run, something Schaer is very clear about, thanks to her experience.
“As for the work that I’ll do as a technical delegate, I’ll be focusing on ensuring that the work of the control table is very efficient. It's important to point out that before the U19 WWC we must all train within the work area so that we're all clear on what are our roles and responsibilities. While the time comes, we must prepare, study the rules, the modifications and interpretations, as well as the FIBA regulations. Thank God for all his blessings,” the Costa Rican stated.
The tournament will take place from July 20 to 28 in Bangkok, Thailand, with a four-group format which four teams each. Group A will include Mozambique, Lithuania, Canada and Thailand. Group B will feature Mali, Belgium, China and Argentina; Group C will present United States, Hungary, Korea and Australia. Meanwhile, Group D will have Colombia, Japan, Germany and Spain.
The inaugural game will face Mozambique and Thailand on July 20 at an hour that's yet to be confirmed by the organization.
Schaer once again puts Costa Rica's name in the highest level in the world, and Costa Ricans now dream and reflect on the effort, the discipline, the work, sacrifice and passion that allows to achieve the impossible. FECOBA continues to take their motto to the world: “Together we are more.”