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Rio de Janeiro Open | 2 - 6 septembre 2015


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FIVB President: Volleyball will be a huge success at Rio 2016

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° with two time Olympic volleyball champion Rio 2016 volleyball competition manager Giovane Gavio overlooking the outside courts at the Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 5, 2015 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° today expressed his confidence that volleyball and beach volleyball will be a huge success at Rio 2016 following his visit to the Brazilian city for the Rio Open which is serving as an Olympic test event.

The Rio Open, which is part of the FIVB World Tour, is the second test event to have been staged by the FIVB in Rio following the World League Finals in July. Athletes competing at the Rio Open have spoken enthusiastically about the world-class venue located on the iconic Copacabana beach and the electric atmosphere generated by Brazil’s volleyball-loving fans. Some matches have been played at night to replicate the conditions athletes can expect at the Games next year.

During his visit, President Graça and FIVB beach volleyball events director Angelo Squeo met with the Rio 2016 volleyball competition manager Giovane Gavio, and Rio 2016 Sports Coordinator for beach volleyball Guilherme Marques, to discuss the Olympic preparations. Beach volleyball and volleyball are expected to be flagship events at next year’s Games and the FIVB is looking to utilize the latest sports technology and the sport’s huge popularity in Brazil to deliver the most engaging family sport entertainment possible.

Speaking from Rio de Janeiro, President Graça said:

“With just under one year to go until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, this is a very exciting time for everyone involved in volleyball. I have been very impressed with the organisation of the Rio Open and the feedback from athletes has been excellent.

“I have no doubt that beach volleyball and volleyball will be a huge success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I was born in Rio and I know full well just how much everybody here in Brazil, from adults to children, loves volleyball. The world’s best athletes can expect a wonderful atmosphere in world-class venues in 2016.”

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