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Dr Ary Graça re-elected as CSV President

FIVB President Jizhong Wei (left) closed the Congress in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2011 – FIVB Executive Vice-President Dr Ary Graça was re-elected as CSV President on Monday during the electoral Congress held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr Graça will extended his presidency to 2015.

The event was held in the presence of FIVB President Jizhong Wei as well as FIVB 1st Executive Vice-President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Secretary of High Performance Sports Ricardo Leyse, State Secretary of Sports Macia Lins and President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

The 11 representatives of 11 national federations in South America voted in the Executive Committee for the period 2012-2015 with Rafael Lloreda from Colombia 1st Vice-President, Judith Rodriguez from Venezuela 2nd Vice-president, Roberto Escobar from Paraguay 3rd Vice-President, Alejandro Bolgeri from Argentina 4th Vice-President and Renata Blauth from Brazil General Secretary.

The Congress also approved those proposed to represent the CSV on the Board of Administration of the FIVB: Ary Graça, Rafael Lloreda, Roberto Escobar and Julio Perez. The re-elected President also used the occasion to announce that Judith Rodriguez will be proposed to fill one of the seats for women on the FIVB Board.

At the opening of the Congress Dr Graça welcomed all participants and mentioned that he was honoured by the presence of President Wei, a man of democratic ideas who changed the concept of the FIVB, creating a new mindset and allowing everyone to express their ideas in a free environment. “This attitude enriches the FIVB, the figure of the President and of the members of the Board,” Dr Graça said. “I congratulate President Wei for making a revolution, which he prefers to call evolution.”

President Wei also congratulated CSV on the election as well as Dr Graça for his task leading South American volleyball and reminded everyone that the CSV was the first Continental Confederation to elect its representatives to the FIVB Board without changes from the FIVB Congress, as determined by the new democratic FIVB rules.

The Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes said that the city was honoured to receive the CSV Congress and stressed that volleyball is the second most popular sport in Brazil which has a great insight into the humblest layers of the population.

“The importance of volleyball in Brazil is not only for its success but also for the social role it has,” he said. “This is the reason why we are preparing to receive the Olympic Games with great dedication and working very hard. President Wei can be reassured that we will deliver more than we promised for the event.”

The Secretary of High Performance Sports, Ricardo Leyser, representing the Minister of Sports Orlando Silva, said that he had great satisfaction to be present at a volleyball event since this sport serves as a great example for the whole country.

“I mention this not only because of its results, but because volleyball showed to our country how a sport can begin from very small and with planning and professionalism reach the highest places in the podium,” he said. “The results obtained though the volleyball model should be followed by all sports in Brazil, even football.”

The State Secretary of Sports, Marcia Lins said that the home of volleyball in Brazil is the Maracanazinho stadium, a facility set to be used for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

“I wish success to CSV and I am sure volleyball will be the star of the Olympic Games in 2016,” she added. “It is the second sport in our country and nowadays the Government has 650 units practicing the sport all over the state.  This sport is building a legacy for citizenship. We have 18 UPP (Peacekeeping Police Units) where we have settled volleyball schools and this association is very important in a moment when public safety is one of the most important goals for the city.”

Cristobal Marte, who is also President of NORCECA, congratulated Dr Graça and reminded those in attendance of the importance of the Pan American Volleyball Union Congress, due to be held on October 8.

“The Congress of the Pan American Volleyball Union will be the stage of ratification of our brotherly ties of work and development in the Americas for volleyball,” he said.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who doubles as President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, said how important the FIVB was in his preparation as a sports leader. He reminded the participants that the CSV will have been running for 70 years when 2016 comes around.

“The CSV was founded on February 12, 1946; it was the first international volleyball body, even before the FIVB which was created in 1947. I suggest President Wei to stage the FIVB'S and CSV´s 70 year´s celebrations during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” invited Nuzman.

Dr Graça then transferred to President Wei who closed the Congress saying he is happy to see the further development of volleyball in South America.

“I am 100 per cent sure that 2016 Olympic Games will change Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, adding a new value to the International Olympic movement,” he said. “We are expecting a great event for volleyball and beach volleyball. I can say that Brazil has more titles in volleyball, both indoor and beach than in football. I congratulate the CSV and CBV and use this opportunity to apologize with the National Federations because the FIVB did not take care of them and of the Continental Confederations in the past. The FIVB Board decided that 80 per cent of the revenue should go to the Continental Confederations and National Federations so that they are able to invest in development and increase our family. We work for the sport and this is a social work and not profitable one.”

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