Costa Rica Women's soccer mascot named JunaThe Costa Rica News (TCRN) – “Juna” is the official name given to the butterfly mascot for the women’s football World Cup which will be held in Costa Rica in 2014, reported the local organizing committee.

The butterfly of different colors will represent the biodiversity of Costa Rica.

The announcement of the mascot and its name was attended by dozens of children from different schools, the coach of Costa Rica, Jorge Luis Pinto, and the president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, Eduardo Li.

The World Cup, will take place from March 15th to April 5th 2014, includes Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia, China, Japan, North Korea and Costa Rica.

“We are waiting with open arms to the other nine teams,” said the CEO of the World Cup committee, Federico Rojas.

A total of 16 countries will participate in the championship, the first World Cup to be held in Central American history, to be played in four stadiums in Costa Rica.

“We believe that we should give more importance to women’s football because sports have no gender; women’s and is equal to men’s,” proclaimed the president of the Federation. (EFE)

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