Brazil’s Pedro Cunha has announced his
retirement from beach volleyball following
his participation at the ninth stop of the
Banco do Brasil Beach Volleyball Tour. He
will not take part in the 2013 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour as long-term injuries
have rendered him unable to follow the
tough routine of a professional athlete.
Cunha first burst onto the scene at the
Junior World Championships where
he and Anselmo Sigoli won gold. He
made his World Tour debut at the World
Championships in Rio de Janeiro in 2003.
In February a Level 1 Coaches Course was held in
and a Cool Volley Programme in
In conjunction with the Burundi Volleyball
Federation, Burundi held a VCP beach
volleyball course led by instructor Christian
Didembourg of Belgium.
The 29 participants were given theoretical
instruction before the course moved onto
the beach. Participants were shown how
to prepare a beach volleyball court and
given instruction on playing techniques and
refereeing fundamentals.
Mr Didembourg encouraged the fed-
eration to begin organising competitions to
continue the development of the sport in the
Sri Lanka Coaches Course
Burundi VCP course
Maldives ‘Cool Volley’ festival
After narrowly missing out on the second
USA slot for the London 2012 Olympic
Games and parting ways with Matt
Fuerbringer, beach volleyball player Nick
Lucena has been training hard to prepare
for the coming season. The 33 year-old
Lucena has agreed to play for another year
and is following a new workout routine
with US Olympic Committee athletic trainer,
Tim Pelot.
Following his election to the World
Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Athletes'
Commission in 2012, Emanuel Rego
was elected president of the Athletes'
Commission of the Brazilian Olympic
Committee (COB). The new COB Athletes’
Commission, elected for the period 2013-
has 19 members including two-time
Olympic champion Fabiana de Oliveira
Lucena hitting his stride
Emanuel President of Brazilian
Athletes’ Commission
The Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation
successfully completed a Level 1 Coaches
Course in February, with 25 participants
including four women, at the National Youth
Services Council Auditorium.
The course was directed by Mr Zhao
Shanwen and his extensive knowledge on all
aspects of the game of volleyball was well
received by participants.
Participants were presented with
certificates at the end and prizes were
awarded to the best students for the
practical and theoretical components of the
The Volleyball Association of Maldives
VAM) held a successful two day Cool Volley
Festival at the Male sports complex with
more than 250 children from the city’s four
major primary schools.
This is the start of this year’s kids’
volleyball activities. After this festival, kids
will be given a chance to join our regular
long term training programmes,” said,
Mohamed Sharaf, head of the VAM’s
technical department.
The event was also attended by parents,
school sport supervisors and senior officials
of the VAM
Pedro Cunha reached the quarterfinals with Ricardo Santos in London 2012
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Brazil’s Pedro Cunha to retire
fivb WorldVolleyNews N
march 2013