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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

spectacular yet!

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°

FIVB President