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Brazil Beach Volleyball tour returns to Salvador
After a five-month break the Brazilian Banco do Brasil Tour is about to restart with the first of the final six events of the season set to be held week, in Salvador.
With a total of 100 teams in the entry list, the seventh of 12 stops on the circuit will take place at Aeroclube´s parking, from Thursday to Sunday.
All the matches played on center court from Friday to Sunday will be broadcasted live on he Brazilian Volleyball Federation website, at http://www.cbv.com.br/v1/cbbvp/aovivo.asp
Brazilian Volleyball Federation President, Dr Ary Graça welcomed the players back and said he expects a tight competition.
“Brazil showed its power once again in the international tournaments and now it is time to offer great matches for our own fans again,” he said. “We have a very long coast and a huge potential to see new champions appear at any time. That makes our Tour very hard.”
Looking to add to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship title they won earlier this year will be Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego.
“We are very motivated for playing in Brazil again as we were really missing Banco do Brasil Tour,” Alison said. “We achieved great results in the first half of the season and we know that we need to work hard if we want to finish the season with all possible titles. The Brazilian Tour is very tough and even if we are ahead now, it will not be easy to keep it the lead.“
Alison and Emanuel head the Tour with 1,960 points from the first six stops. Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha are not far behind on 1,940, followed by Marcio Araujo and Benjamin Insfran who have 1,840.
In the women’s tournament, Swatch FIVB World Championship gold medallists Juliana Felisberta and Larissa França lead the standings with 2,320. Talita Antunes and Maria Elisa Antonelli have 1,880 and are followed by Vivian Cunha and Taiana Lima, with 1,800.
“We want to return winning in Salvador,” an excited Juliana said. “The second half of the Brazilian Tour used to be tougher than the first as all teams which played on the World Tour are in a better shape now.”
“We are really close of the Pan American Games and we are really excited. We had a fantastic experience four years ago in Rio de Janeiro and we wish to represent Brazil well in Guadalajara,” she added.