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Beach Volleyball continues its global expansion

Vicente Araujo commented on the fast growth of beach volleyball during the workshop on the occasion of the the FIVB 34th World Congress in Sardinia, Italy
Cagliari, Italy, October 30, 2014 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup has helped dramatically increase the number of countries playing the sport worldwide and has turned a dream into reality according to FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission president Vicente Araujo.

“From an idea born in 2009 from the mind of Dr. Ary Graça to its successful full implementation the dream came true with the Continental Cup,” Mr Araujo said in his speech at the FIVB Workshop on Thursday. 

The Workshop preceded the 34th World Congress which begins on Friday.

A total of 143 countries took part in the qualification process for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mr Araujo said that number will increase to 193 countries for the “Road to Rio.”

“As part of qualification to the Olympics the Continental Cup has played a key role in the expansion of the already popular sport of beach volleyball,” Mr Araujo added. 

He also said that communication was a key factor to the current success of the Continental Cup and will be vital to ensuring the continued upward trend.

FIVB beach volleyball director Angelo Squeo said the early stages of the Continental Cup began with a seminar held in Lausanne with representatives from the five continental confederations.

“The transfer of knowledge from the confederations to the national federations has been also very important,” Mr Squeo said. “One of the goals accomplished is that while developing our sport we are complying with the Olympic principles of universality and equal opportunities.”

Squeo encouraged the participants in the workshop to continue with their efforts to spread out beach volleyball in their countries by organising local competitions and to stay active participating in the different regional events.


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