PRESS RELEASE 22.01.2004


First event of the season gets underway in Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina, January 22, 2004 - The first press conference of the 2004 Beach Volleyball season was completed on Thursday in Argentina on the eve of the first tournament of the year, the Men's Argentinean Satellite tournament on the lovely beaches of Mar del Plata.

With over 600,000 inhabitants the bustling city of Mar del Plata, on the northern Atlantic coast 400 km away from the capital city Buenos Aires, will play host to three days of fantastic Beach Volleyball action with local and international stars in attendance.

The Argentine pair and 2001 world champions Martin Conde and Mariano Baracetti, Italy's Fabio Galli and Ricardo Fenili, and Swiss brothers Martin and Paul Laciga are among the favourites for the tournament and it was them the close to 100 media came to see in the gorgeous restaurant "La Llorona" on Thursday.

During the press conference Carlos Gianni, the president of the organizing company Turicentro, emphasized that after two years absence Mar del Plata has again become host of an international Beach Volleyball tournament and it is now his goal to make it a permanent fixture on the Swatch-FIVB World Tour calendar.