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Ary Graca, FIVB President

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 23, 2014 - At the opening of the 68th Congress of the South American Volleyball Confederation, which took place over two days in Rio de Janeiro, President Rafael Lloreda welcomed FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° along with the presidents of 11 national federations.

Dr. Graça took to the floor to greet the Congress participants and encouraged the federations to prepare and present development projects to the FIVB.

After the unanimous adoption of the Act of Congress decided in 2013, the president of the National Federation of Colombia Taylor Lozada, presented the Sports Commission report which highlighted the different championships that took place on the continent in 2013. The report noted the high spectator attendance at the matches and the increased participation of countries including Bolivia and Paraguay.

With the exception of Guyana, seven out of 12 CSV countries hosted competitions last year. The report also highlighted the success of the age group competitions, which started in 2011 and the role it has played in improved the ranking of CSV countries in international competitions.

Dr. Graça congratulated the federations on their work over the past year, after which time CSV Vice-President Marco Tullio Teixeira took the floor to provide a report on the continent’s beach volleyball activities. In his remarks to the Congress he noted the surprisingly high technical level of young players taking part in the qualification tournaments for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

In his report of the activities of the Arbitration Commission, Guillermo Paredes presented the schedule of 15 training courses planned for this year on the continent with priority given to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Guyana.

CSV President Rafael Lloreda reiterated President Graça’s request for development project proposals to the FIVB. Lloreda provided the example of the webcast project initiated by the South American federations through the CSV website. The president underscored the need to train more referees and develop coaching skills. To this end he called for renewed commitment from the technical committee to ensure these goals are met.

For Argentina the delegation included FeVA Treasurer, Juan Galeote; the former FeVA President and Honorary President, Alejandro Bolgeri and the person in charge of CSV Refereeing, Guillermo Paredes.