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BRA: Brazil honours double Olympic champions

by WoV
source: fivb.org

With nine days to go before the beginning of the London Olympic Games, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation honoured two of its most popular players. Double Olympic champions Giovane Gavio and Mauricio Lima inaugurated their own life-size totems at the Aryzao, the Brazilian Volleyball Development Center in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro.


Members of the Brazilian men’s and women’s Olympic squads at the ceremony in Rio with the two great former players Giovane Gavio and Mauricio Lima and their totems (extreme left and right)

A member of the winning teams in Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004, Giovane was keen to share the honour with all the other members of those two squads. “In volleyball, I cannot speak only about myself,” he said. “It is always about the team, and all of them played their part in everything we won. It is a big satisfaction for me.

Mauricio, who was also there in Barcelona and Athens, took advantage of the opportunity to say good luck to the departing Brazilian men’s and women’s teams for this year’s Olympics, who were watching the ceremony. “You are my biggest idols now,” said the former setter. “Brazil will be cheering for you. We believe in the two teams. I have been through some hard moments, and I know that is possible to overcome it.

Brazilian Federation president and FIVB executive vice-president Dr Ary Graca reinforced the importance of honouring the legendary players of the sport. “I am really proud and satisfied to make this tribute,” he said. “We are here to say thank you to both of you on behalf of the whole country.”

Unfortunately, Brazil is not used to honouring the ones who make us proud and fight for us. The past is always essential for the future.” Dr Graca also promised to provide new totems if any other player wins their second Olympic gold medal in London. “If we have new champions, they will have their totems here in Aryzao as well,” he said. “I will be very glad to see the garden all filled with their images!

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