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Pinto is a natural leader for Brazil


Otavio Pinto started his playing career influenced by his mother

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2011 – Otavio Pinto leads by example as the silent captain of Brazil’s U-21 Men’s Volleyball National Team taking part in the 2011 FIVB World Championship.
Described by Leonardo Carvalho as a very serious player and a man of few words, the Brazilian Coach is quick to rate the middle blocker of 201 centimeters tall, as one essential piece for the team.
“Otávio is very quiet but at the same time an excellent captain,” Carvalho says. “The team follows him not because he yells all the time but because of his actions and composure.”
Originally a soccer player, as it is the case with most of the Brazilian children, Otavio started playing volleyball for team Minas under the influence of his mother when he was 14. In 2008 he was called to play for the Brazilian Youth Team and one year later he was named the captain.
Two months ago, Otavio sustained a serious injury in one of the fingers of his left hand while practicing blocking drills in preparation for the tournament. The exposed fracture put in jeopardy his chances of representing his country.
“Many things came to my mind then and I got very sad since I imagined I couldn’t play in my last year with the junior team,” Pinto revealed.
It was a critical time also for Coach Carvalho who “could not imagine my team without its captain and because I was counting with him as one of the few players who had international experience as a former member of the youth team.”
Discipline and determination made possible the recovery for Pinto who recalled those days when he kept exercising other parts of his body to stay ready when the opportunity to be back would arise.
“I tried to keep my legs in good conditions doing a lot of exercises and ate a lot of healthy food to make my recovery as fast as possible,” he says.
Few weeks before the start of the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship, Otávio got the good news that he could return to the training. The Brazilian captain had only one week to do full training but he rapidly pronounced himself ready to take part.
It was another chance for Otávio Pinto to lead by example as the silent leader of his team.

Written by Adriana Maestrelli, senior student of Journalism at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Parana and participant of the FIVB Program “Young Writers 4 Young Players”


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