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#Laiajuega: this is the hashtag that in the last days has been shared from all over the world of volleyball in Spain. Laia is a 14-year old girl who suffers from Down syndromeand plays in the Club Voleibol Esplugues, a team of Esplugues de Llobregat, suburbs of Barcelona. The company would have wanted to enroll in the next Spanish Cup juvenile, which will take place from 27 to 30 December in Guadalajara, but the Federation has denied in the Hague the opportunity to participate.
The problem concerns the age of the player, who was born in 2005, but to play with the girls as a group in 2006 and 2007, a category corresponding to his actual level of maturity. The Catalan Federation has granted without problems for a derogation, but the RFEVB sharply separates the two categories (Infantil for the 2006-2007, Cadetes for 2004-2005), and admits of no exceptions to the rule.
The Esplugues is also said to be willing to lose all of the games at the table while allowing the Hague to participate in the tournament, but the response of the Federation, however, was negative. After the massive mobilisation of the online, however, things have changed: in the end of the week is scheduled a meeting to take a decision on the case. The federal president Agustín Martín Santos, has no doubts: “I’m sure the Hague will be able to play,” he told the daily La Vanguardia.
The Catalan team, through his social networks, he thanked for the support of “a huge number of people, players, clubs, institutions and the media,” and added: “The received impulse you have to use it for the good of all the ‘Laie’ who want to play volleyball. We invite the Federation to take a decision not only on the specific case, but focused on the birth of a new standard that could apply to all the players in similar situations, and that take into consideration diversity in general.“