Bariloche holds opening ceremony for South American women's Olympic qualifier
Bariloche, Argentina, January 7, 2015 – The South American Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament opening ceremony took place in between the two opening matches on Wednesday at the newly inaugurated, state-of-the-art venue Pedro Estremador Stadium.
South American Confederation (CSV) officials led by president Rafael Lloreda, Argentine Volleyball Federation (FeVA) officials ledy by president Juan Antonio Gutierrez, and government officials such as National Sport, Physical Education and Recreation secretary Carlos Javier Mac Allister, Rio Negro provincial governor Alberto Weretilneck, Argentine Olympic Committee manager Silvina Arrieta, Bariloche city mayor Gustavo Gennuso, the control committee and international technical officials, the participating teams, and the Las Delfinas hearing-impaired volleyball team attended the ceremony in the full-packed venue.
“The South American Volleyball Confederation would like to thank the Organising Committee for the outstanding conditions of this championship – one of the most important tournaments in this international season,” CSV president Lloreda said. “I would like to thank the provincial governor, the city mayor, the Argentine Volleyball Fderation, and all those responsible for organising the competition here.”
Lloreda also emphasised the importance of the tournament and how the city of Bariloche is making an impact of hosting the tournament.
“This tournament is very important as this will guarantee the best South American women’s team that will represent the continent in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” Lloreda said. “This is a great opportunity to show the development of our national federation and the high-level of South American volleyball, in general. This event shows that great competitions do not need to be organised only in big cities, but could be organised by smaller cities with great volleyball organisations and good government support. Bariloche is a great example that a premier international event can be carried out in a city. Bariloche have done great work and engagement in this tournament.”
FeVA president Gutierrez thanked the Rio Negro provincial government for the support in the tournament.
“I would like to thank the Rio Negro province for the support they gave to Argentine volleyball and for organising the South American Women’s Qualification Tournament,” Gutierrez said. “This event is significant for our women’s team in the quest for their first-ever qualification to the Olympic Games.”
Rio Negro governor expressed how proud he was on this achievement by Bariloche to host the tournament.
“When I first met with the FeVA president, he mentioned his goal was to organise the event by a group that could support each other well,” Weretilneck said. “That this event can be organised by this province, and so here we are today, standing proud as have organised this premier competition.”