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Brazil's Garay draws on Japan experience as team heads into Women's World Grand Champions Cup

Fernanda Garay in action at the FIVB Grand Prix

Kobe, Japan, November 8, 2013 - Fernanda Garay commented on her expectations for the World Grand Champions Cup and reflected on Brazil's experience in previous World Grand Champions Cup tournaments.

"We want to perform well. The athletes that have arrived are highly motivated and want to make everyone proud. Even with very little preparation time we want this team to perform well in order for us to win another title. We know that a championship is short and quick and with only five games we need to get this win" said the striker.

"I received a message from a former teammate here in Japan that read, “Welcome home”. I really feel at home here. Even without speaking any Japanese. It is also the second time we are training at the CT Hisamitsu in preparation for the tournament," said Fernanda Garay.

The Olympic champion also stressed the importance of the adjustment period in the battle for another title.

"I am very fond of Japan. The Japanese have a very different culture from ours. The time zone is always a challenge. This time, we are responding well and we are prepared,” she said.

When asked about her most memorable memories of the time she lived in Japan, Garay did not hide her admiration for the country.

"Japan is a country with a very interesting culture. I was surprised with each new experience. For example, the respect they have for older people is admirable. The Japanese are very environmentally conscious. Public transport also works very well," said Fernanda Garay.

The Brazilian team that will compete in the World Grand Champions Cup consists of Claudia Fabiola, Adenízia Silva, Fabiana Claudino, Carol Gattaz, Walewska Oliveira, Fernanda Garay, Natalie Pereira, Michelle Pabao, Tandara Caixeta, Sheilla Castro, Monique Marinho Pabao, Camila Brait Liberos and Fabi Oliveira.

Brazil will compete against the United States, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Russia and Japan. The Brazilians hold the 2005 title in the competition and won the silver medal in the last edition in 2009.

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