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Uruguayan Volleyball Federation celebrates 100th anniversary

 
Marco Cairus Lucarelli (facing) and Mauricio Sebastian Vieyto Acosta are part of a new generation of Uruguayan beach volleyball athletes and represented their country at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in 2014
 
Montevideo, Uruguay, March 11, 2015 - The Volleyball Federation of Uruguay celebrates its 100th anniversary today. The South American federation was one of the founding members of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), joining  Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, USA and Yugoslavia in Paris in 1947 to elect Paul Libaud as the global organisation's first president.

"It is important that such a small federation has so much history," said Uruguayan Volleyball Federation President Julio Pérez Alfaro. "The organisation of the second stage of the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit at Pocitos in Montevideo a few days ago was part of the historical celebrations, which will continue with the launch of a commemorative stamp and a gala event bringing together national and FIVB representatives."

The Uruguayan Amateur Volleyball Federation (FUVA) was set up in 1915 and became the Uruguayan Volleyball Federation (FUV) in 2001 - a history which journalist Luis Inzaurrade is currently documenting. As celebrations take place, the federation can certainly look back at some significant milestones.

Uruguay hosted the inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in 1973, a major turning point in the history of the sport. The Soviet Union won the event, which took place in the the cities of Merdeces, Rivera and in the capital Montevideo - the tournament was organised under the chairmanship of Wilfredo Pérez. A Five Continents event was also held in Montevideo in 1969, which saw teams compete in a forerunne of what is today the World Championships.

At a continental level, the FUV organised the South American Championships in 1971 and 1987 in Montevideo, as well as the Paysandú South American Youth Championships in 1996. It has also played a significant role in the development of beach volleyball and hosted several stops on the South American Beach Volleyball Tour, as well as Continental Cup events.

Speaking about the federation's current priorities, FUV Vice President Guido Salvo said: "The goal of the FUV is to complete the repair of the Sanguinetti School Gymnasium - which the FUV will operate as a training centre - and recruit a foreign coach, who will work with local coaches and technicians. We also want to continue promoting beach volleyball and developing our coaches and referees, together with the FIVB Development Center in Argentina."




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