Dr. Graça discusses the future of volleyball in Argentina
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 19, 2013 - In his first day in Argentina attending the 2013 FIVB World League Finals, Dr. Ary S. Graça F° (President of the International Volleyball Federation) was welcomed by Gustavo Pulti (Mayor of the General Pueyrredon Region) at the government headquarters.
Juan Antonio Gutierrez (President of the Argentine Volleyball Federation), Horacio Taccone, (President of the Ente Municipal de Deportes y Recreación) and Pablo Garcia, (Finals Local Organising Committee member) also attended the meeting.
Their discussions touched upon the importance of sport in today's society especially in giving youngsters options for the future. They all also noted the boost in the popularity of volleyball.
Gustavo Pulti emphasised the importance of volleyball for the city and thanked the FIVB, its President and the Argentine officials for supporting the decision to host the Finals in Mar del Plata and hoped that the city would welcome future sports events. "Mar del Plata is open for new challenges. We feel we have proved this test and we have the vocation to go on with these kinds of important international events."
Dr. Graça went onto say, "We have to make volleyball grow in Argentina first, especially at the women's level. You have very good schools. And volleyball encourages children to play together. It is socially interesting. Volleyball is the sport we all need especially as it helps give us a society feeling. Then, we have to make a programme together." Mr Pulti was in full agreement with this and hoped that discussions would continue on the topic.
As Juan Antonio Gutierrez, FeVA President pointed out, "We completely identify with this project at the world level. If FeVA would not have had the support of the City Hall Mayor, with the active presence of Mr. Taccone and all his staff at the Organising Committee, it would have been impossible to reach this event with such infrastructure. We are very thankful to everyone that made this great volleyball party possible."
Talking about the development of volleyball all over the World, Dr. Graça went on to develop his ideas saying, "We have to have a very strong Argentine Volleyball Federation. In the year 1982 we had a World Championship here that was very successful and then the work stopped. In the year 2002 we had another World Championship again, once more very successful and unhappily that work also did not go on. It is proved that Argentines are very competitive. The Beach Volleyball Grand Slam of the World Tour held in Corrientes was a complete success, and this proves my words. This is part of a development project and we have to support those that work in this area. This will develop the sport in the region. Argentina is important politically and technically. Argentina must return to its utmost."