/ VOLLEYWORLD /
08 / 2013
Russia celebrate their third World
League title and second in three years
after beating Brazil in the 2013 World
League final in Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
I was reminded of the pure joy of watching volleyball
at the World League Finals; a tournament that showed
the great health of the sport we all love.
The way the matches were played and the surrounds
in which they featured took me back to what sparked
my love of this sport in the first place; the joy of
playing amplified by the intense competition between
world-class sides, surrounded by passionate and
knowledgeable fans who provide a stirring backdrop
to the action on the court.
In Argentina the final six teams provided contrasting
and complementing stories, all while fighting hard for
a place on the podium.
The hosts were out to show that they were capable
of winning a medal, Russia wanted to demonstrate
that their Olympic victory was no one-off, while Brazil
wanted to prove to the Russians that they couldn’t have
it all their own way. Italy wanted to improve on their
London 2012 bronze medals and the team they beat
in Earls Court, Bulgaria wanted to make up for missing
the podium a year ago. Finally there was Canada, the
great underdogs whose determination and passion to
overcome their rivals shone through in every match
they played and drew respect and applause from
opponents and spectators alike, earning themselves
and their coaching staff a great amount of credit.
And what an impressive final. I am proud that the sport
I am lucky enough to preside over can provide such
outstanding competition between two teams at the
height of their powers.
To have two titans battling each other is something
that many other sports can only look upon with envy.
We all have a favourite sporting rivalry and I believe
that the one that is developing between Brazil and
Russia is set to help carry the sport forward over the
next few years, though I am certain that other major
teams won’t casually accept their dominance and seek
ways to catch and overtake them; something that can
only be good for the sport of volleyball.