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Moccia, Giustozzi, Gutiérrez and Weber at the Press Conference

Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 8, 2012 - This Wednesday morning took place the official launching of the South American 2012 Olympic Qualification Competition and Argentina as host country announced that the same will take place in Almirante Brown. The Argentine Senior's Men Team will face Venezuela, Colombia and Chile, May 11th - 13th looking forward to their Olympic dream. There is only one ticket for the winner added to the Brazilian Team that won its place at the 2011 World Cup in Japan.

At the event, that took place at Intersur Recoleta Hotel in the city of Buenos Aires, talked Mr. Mario Moccia, General Secretary of the Argentine Olympic Committee; Mr. Darío Giustozzi, Almirante Brown Mayor; Mr. Juan Antonio Gutiérrez, President of the Argentine Volleyball Federation and Mr. Javier Weber, head coach of the Argentine Men Team.

Different authorities and officials met at the event to show their support on the Olympic path of the light blue - white team. Also at the meeting were Mr. Alejandro Bolgeri, former FeVA President and present South American Volleyball Confederation Vice-President; Mr. Juan Manuel López Gómez, Buenos Aires Province Federated Sport Secretary; Mr. Germán Bonnemezón, Almirante Brown Sport Secretary and officials of FeVA, ACLAV and IDS Sports.

After the opening words of Mr. Moccia, that reconfirmed the confidence in the Argentine Men Team on this goal, Mr. Gutiérrez pointed out the decision of carrying out the South American Olympic Qualification Competition in Almirante Brown as "the best place, a bet they do with sport". FeVA President also thanked the continuous support of the Olympic Committee.

Mr. Giustozzi, emphasized the growth of volleyball in his town and the effort of all its authorities to get children out of the streets offering a sport activity. Almirante Brown was one of the important Argentine 2011 volleyball venues, as one of the successful sites of the Boys' Youth World Championship and for this 2012 season the Mayor reconfirmed the support of the City Hall for the Argentine Men Team.

Finally, Mr. Weber mentioned the importance of the Olympic Games: "There is no nicer competition". Adding: "Therefore we are training hard. It is not a pressure to coach this team. We have a young and engaged team that will give us all happiness and all my confidence is in each and every member of the team".

All the event was watched by several very important national and international Media. At the end the journalists had the chance of talking with all the authorities.

The Argentine Senior Men Team will start working towards this qualification competition on April 20th, even though each of the players as soon as they finish with their national or foreign leagues will start working the light blue - white jersey team.