Brazil seek extra advantage
with advanced technology training
The volleyball world has been warned, defending world champions
Brazil have been seeking new ways of giving themselves an on-court
advantage, just under a year out from the defence of their world title.
The most recent initiative involved a visit to the National Traumatology
and Orthopedics Institute in Rio de Janeiro where the men’s team
enjoyed a morning at the Laboratory of Movement Evaluation, a place
where balls, nets and a court gave way to high-tech physiological
equipment, all to put the players through a series of preventative
examinations into their knee joints. The first to be evaluated was the
wing spiker Ricardo; “It requires a lot of concentration,” he said. It is
a unique opportunity that they are giving us by using such advanced
Ricardo was one of the Brazil players to try out the new technology
St Lucians lay groundwork
for future rewards
The recent FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships in
Myslowice, Poland offered the chance for a number of developing
nations to take their first steps in international competition and one
country to grab that opportunity with both hands was St Lucia.
The Caribbean island nation of 176,000 people sent men’s pair Julian
Bissette and Gillan Octave nearly 10,000-kilometres to southern
Poland where they did themselves proud and enjoyed their taste of
top-level age-group beach volleyball. “It is the first world tournament
for both of us and our country.” Bissette said. “The tournament is
pretty tough because you have 32 teams, whereas on the NORCECA
tour you have 16 teams and you don’t have much time to study your
opponents because you play your games, while they’re playing their
Julian Bissette (left) and Gillan Octave fly the flag for St Lucia