As Brazilian media reported, the FIVB gave permission to Cuban player Yoandy Leal to change sports nationality into Brazilian and play for the Men’s Volleyball National Team of this country. It also means that Cuban federation previously provided all necessary papers and gave its permission as well. The decision of Leal was announced at the meeting of the FIVB Executive Committee in Marrakesh, Morocco, today, media said.
Now, Sada Cruzeiro receiver will have to wait two more years, according to regulations, before making his debut for Brazilian NT. It means that he will miss 2018 FIVB World Championship but will be at disposal of head coach Renan Dal Zotto for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nevertheless, Leal will join preparations of Brazilian NT as from 2018.
Last time Leal competed with Cuban NT was in the 2010 FIVB World Championship after which he left it due to negligence of Cuban federation towards players of the national team. He has been a member of Sada Cruzeiro since 2012 and has Brazilian citizenship since 2015.
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