RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDE
It is a privilege to be in Rio as volleyball returns to its
spiritual home for the 14
edition of an Olympic Games
volleyball tournament that promises to be the most
Players will have been dreaming of this moment and
now that it is finally upon us we can enjoy the greatest
celebration of our sport in Olympic history in the iconic
Maracanãzinho Stadium, set against an amazing backdrop.
The Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of an athlete’s
career and we are fortunate to have 24 extremely talented
men’s and women’s teams who are ready to entertain and
amaze a worldwide audience.
Volleyball was first included on the Olympic programme
at the Tokyo 1964 Games and it has gone on to become
one of the most popular events. Volleyball and beach
volleyball tickets are some of the most sought after in Rio.
The men’s London 2012 Olympic champions, Russia, will
be eager to defend their title and the women’s defending
champions, Brazil, will hope that the passionate home
support will lead them once again to the title of Olympic
London 2012 was a resounding success for volleyball and a
significant milestone in the development of our sport. More
than 10 per cent of all tickets sold at the London Games
were for volleyball matches, making it one of the top five
sports at the Games.
I am excited by the prospect of building on that success
this year as we welcome generations of fans who will come
together to enjoy our sport – which is fast becoming the
number one family entertainment sport in the world – in
the greatest setting
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°