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FIVB President addresses CAVB Board in Kigali

President Graca and FIVB 1st Executive Vice President Cristobal Marte with the CAVB Board of Administration members

Kigali, Rwanda, December 6, 2013 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° addressed the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Board of Administration at the opening of its meeting on Friday in Serena Hotel in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.

CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani opened the Board meeting with a short speech where he welcomed the FIVB guests of honour and the board members and gave the floor to the FIVB President.

President Graça started his speech with appreciation to all the Board members for their work that has helped Africa to take steps forward in progress and development. "The FIVB gives you all the respect and now it is your opportunity to jump forward and use the support of our organization," Graça said.

"I don't like to speak to Africa as a third world because my country Brazil belongs to that category but they succeeded to be the Olympic champions and also the world champions in a lot of age categories. My work with Africa started years ago before I became FIVB President and this deal will continue until we achieve all our goals. The most important item now is to have goals, reach these goals and go on."

"The only problem in Africa is the long transportation between the African countries and it was the same in South America but we can overcome this problem with a lot of ideas." 

President Graça stressed how important beach volleyball is to the sporting landscape in Africa.

"The Continental Cup was a brilliant idea which spread beach volleyball to 43 African countries. It was mainly a developmental idea which helped a lot of countries to practice our sport around the world. It is clear that beach volleyball works well in Africa because we sent our people there to educate them before the competition started.

"My obligation now is to give opportunities to you and I want you to catch opportunities to continue your development plan. I know you have a good team of officials here in Africa. 
"Education has become our way forward so we need to encourage the children in poor areas to go to school because it will help them to practice sport and give them the opportunity to fight for their life." 

The FIVB President empathized the role of women in the world of volleyball. "We have the privilege that women can bring their children and other members of their family to volleyball courts but they can't do that with some other sports. The women can oblige the men to watch volleyball and that's their great role."

Dr. Elwani then gave the floor to FIVB 1st Executive Vice President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz who expressed his happiness to attend the CAVB Congress for the second time after the elective Congress in 2011. "I'm proud of what Africa have done and happy with the capacity of people here.

"I came from a country which can hardly be seen in the map however we succeeded to become No 8 in the world. Africa has the same capacity and can do the same with the help of the FIVB President's support."


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