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President praises growth of Club World Championships

President Graça has had a close affiliation to the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships. Here he presents the winner's trophy to the captain of Trentino in 2012 Matey Kaziyski, who will be playing for Al Rayaan this year

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2, 2014 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° has heralded the start of the international volleyball season by wishing all the teams who are participating in the opening event - the FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Belo Horizonte 2014 - the best of luck and touching on the key values on why the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships are such a success.

"This year’s action packed volleyball calendar begins with the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship.
I always enjoy watching the Club World Championships because of its unique flavour that sets it apart from other international volleyball tournaments," President Graça said. "There is a different dynamic to club volleyball, which is not a surprise given that each team brings together players from various cultures and backgrounds. Each player knows that they have to work with their teammates, regardless of their individual style and technique to attain the best possible result for the team as a whole. 

"With that work ethic, it is not surprising that the Club World Championships have launched the careers of many athletes who have used this level of competition to hone their skills and techniques, which also translate well to their national team endeavours. I wish them all the best for the 2014 edition. 

"As always, volleyball supporters will be in for a treat and it goes without saying, with an annual competition like the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship on the menu, the FIVB has the perfect recipe to encourage the development and growth of clubs right around the world." 

Although the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour started last week with the Fuzhou Open and the Shanghai Grand Slam is in full swing this week, the FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Belo Horizonte 2014 starts on Monday followed by the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Zurich 2014 which starts on Wednesday before the FIVB Volleyball World League starts on May 23.

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