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All the officials at the closing of the 65th CSV Congress in Brazil

Río de Janeiro, Brazil, March 4, 2012 - “One for all and all for one” was the motto of the 65th South American Confederation Congress held in Río de Janeiro this last weekend.The CSV President, chosen unanimously at the Extraordinary Assembly last October, presented his candidacy for the Presidency of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and was acclaimed by the 11 Presidents of the affiliated Federations of the continent.

Among the South American Presidents, Juan Antonio Gutiérrez, FeVA President, represented our country. Also, as 4th Vice-President of the CSV was Arq. Alejandro Bolgeri (FeVA former President).

Ary Graça Filho pointed out the great moment for South American Volleyball: “2011 was the most important year for the CSV”.“The continent welcomed three of the four grass-root World Championships.Once more we were capable of carrying out events showing great organization and quality.The Confederation created tournaments that were held for the first time: the Girls’ U 16 South American Championship in Uruguay and the Boys’ U 17 South American Championship in Ecuador.And we received many compliments of all coaches participating at those competitions”.

The CSV also broke a record organizing last year 10 indoor events and eleven beach in the continent, participating also in 12 organized outside it.There were not only great investments in the Federations to organize the championships but with the support on facts like sending technical staff, coaches and even hiring coaches to participate at different events in the countries that belong to the confederation and doing VIS Courses, volleyball grew in the continent steadily.

Since the new formula for the Olympic Qualification was presented by the FIVB, the President Ary, has watched a great technical and organization improvement in beach volleyball all over South America.

“Paraguay, for example, had a tremendous development since hiring a Brazilian coach — former player Garrido — replaced in the 2012 by another Brazilian coach, Pedro Paulo, that will take care of the senior and grass-root players, with the goal of increasing the activity of beach volleyball” expressed the former President of the Paraguayan Volleyball Federation, Roberto Escobar.

The President of the Bolivian Volleyball Federation, Ezequiel Machicado agreed: “The donation of travelling tickets that allowed the participation of teams at the South American Beach Volleyball Tour motivated even more in the qualifying tournaments in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Sucre.This policy allows poor countries like Bolivia allowing them to have an improvement in their volleyball training.It is important to point out that in Bolivia we did not have any organized beach volleyball training and now we maintain steadily ten women and twelve men teams”.

The same happened with Ecuador whose President Jorge Granja mentioned: “The support of the CSV was essential to increase 80 per cent the number of participant teams and the level of Ecuadorian athletes.As in indoor volleyball, with the creation of the children category, we promoted the development of the sport in our country”.

The Resolutions of the CSV Executive Committee were announced at the General Assembly and were cheered with applauses by the 11 present presidents among the 12 CSV affiliated Federations.Among them stand the annual calendar for the children championships — that gather girls’ teams up to 15 years old and boy’s up to 16 — and from the year 2013 together with NORCECA there will be a Club Championship to incentive the participation of the Clubs in the South American Tournaments, that give one vacant place at the World Clubs Championship in Doha.

“The CSV will go on supporting beach volleyball because it is the shortest possible path for the poorest countries to get involved in World volleyball.The FIVB proposal helped 142 countries to play beach volleyball and participate of different international competitions.In Brazil, even my project was even more successful as 50 per cent of the Olympic and World Champions come from poor areas of my country.We are a great country with severe contrasts between poor and reach and we cannot give privileges to one group over the other” added Ary Graça, with the backup of his long experience as former player and official of the most successful Volleyball Confederation of the World”.