Juna all set to fly at Costa Rica 2014

In the presence of Costa Rica’s football authorities and schoolchildren from across the country, the name of the official mascot of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 was revealed at an event held last Friday at the INBioparque in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Juna was the name selected. Typically Costa Rican in flavour, it means “to fly” in the indigenous Cabecar language and represents a very appropriate title for the tournament mascot, a Blue Morpho butterfly.

Attending the launch were some very special guests, with Eduardo Li, the President of the Costa Rican Football Association and the Costa Rica 2014 Local Organising Committee (LOC) joining men’s national team coach Jorge Luis Pinto and LOC Executive Director Federico Rojas in revealing the mascot’s name.

“This occasion is a source of great satisfaction and pride for the country, especially for its children,” said Li, who added that football knows no boundaries and that more must be done to promote the women’s game.

Sharing his views, Costa Rica coach Pinto said: “The World Cup means a lot to the country. We must project the best possible image of Costa Rica to the world through its culture and natural heritage. I hope we can also give the women’s game the biggest possible boost.”

Over the next few months the people of Costa Rica will have the chance to get acquainted with Juna at a series of events leading up to the tournament, which will run from 15 March to 5 April 2014.