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FIVB President inspires CSV members

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° told the CSV members that they must seize the opportunity and present sports development projects from your country to the FIVB for support
Maceió, Brazil, March 15, 2013 – The 67th Congress of the South American Volleyball Confederation (CSV) was held in Maceió, a northeastern coastal city of Brazil on Friday, with a total of 10 countries out of 12 participating and FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° invited as a special guest.

The FIVB President acknowledged the warm welcome of the CSV members and, in an effort to ensure that CSV maintains its recent growth of the past few years, encouraged them to be increasingly proactive in the promotion and development of volleyball in the region.

"In the few trips I have made since becoming FIVB President, all development projects submitted have, not only been approved, but also received funding,” Dr. Graça said. “This was the example of Sudan, Ethiopia and Algeria. Italy will take care of these countries by sending coaches and second hand equipment. Serbia is responsible for 12 countries in the Balkans and we continue to divide the world into specific areas where the more developed federations can help their neighbours. You must seize the opportunity and present sports development projects from your country to the FIVB for support."

CSV President Rafael Lloreda thanked the federations for their work carried out over the past year and listed the proposals from the previous day’s Executive Committee meeting.

The proposals approved included introducing additional training to eliminate the shortcomings in the areas of refereeing and coaches, while also confirming the structure of the South America volleyball and beach volleyball calendar for 2013, including four stops which will be part of the qualification process for the Youth Olympic Games 2014, although the locations are still to be confirmed.

President Lloreda stressed the need for greater promotion of beach volleyball throughout the continent. "We are negotiating with television sponsors for beach volleyball. Today, the South American circuit is broadcasted by Directv in all countries, but we would like to have more disclosure and we need the work and collaboration of you all."

The meeting concluded with President Lloreda congratulating the Uruguay Federation for completing 98 years of existence on the very day of the meeting while also confirming a decision of three years ago, which confirmed that CSV will participate in the
South American Games with youth national teams.

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