PRESIDENT GRAÇA ATTENDS UN OLYMPIC FLAME CEREMONY
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and Secretary General Fernando Lima attended an official Olympic Flame ceremony at the United Nations Office in Geneva in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.
President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee Carlos Nuzman was also in attendance as the Olympic Flame arrived in Palais des Nations – the home of the United Nations Office in the Swiss city –on its way to Brazil via the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The flame will stay in the Olympic Capital over the weekend before heading to the Brazilian capital of Brasilia where the domestic phase of the Rio 2016 Torch Relay will begin.
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said: “It was a privilege to attend this very special event today as the Olympic Flame continues on its journey to Brazil. The FIVB family is counting down the days to Rio with anticipation and great excitement. We are looking forward to being a part of the very first South American Olympic Games and helping to deliver the best ever volleyball competitions.”
Earlier this week President Graça reaffirmed the FIVB’s commitment to stage iconic volleyball competitions at Rio 2016 with an unparalleled Games experience for both players and fans as the federation celebrated 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, where volleyball will return to its spiritual home.
Volleyball and beach volleyball are set to light up the very first Olympics to be staged in South America, bringing a taste of Brazilian carnival spirit to the Games. Volleyball will be staged in the historic Maracanãzinho Stadium and beach volleyball will be contested on the iconic Copacabana Beach. They will be the signature events of this summer’s Games as the FIVB looks to push boundaries and set new benchmarks for sports presentation and fan engagement.
The FIVB will be taking the fan experience to unprecedented levels of engagement and innovation as it looks to realise its vision of becoming the number one family sport entertainment in the world. Under President Graça’s pioneering leadership, the federation has undergone a rapid process of modernisation and embraced the latest cutting edge technology. Hawk Eye, Challenge System and tablets for referees are among the many innovative features being used for the very first time at an Olympic volleyball and beach volleyball event.
Tickets for both disciplines have topped Rio 2016 organisers’ lists. This will build on the success of London 2012 where more than 10 per cent of all tickets sold were to volleyball matches. The Rio Games will once again showcase the sport’s global appeal but also take the fan and player experience to another level of innovation, engagement and entertainment.