2nd WMC Beach Volleyball – Rio de Janeiro (BRA) – Opening Ceremony and Competition Day 1



RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA) – The Opening Ceremony held on November 7 marked the official start of the 2nd WMC Beach Volleyball in Rio de Janeiro where 56 athletes (40 male and 16 female) from 9 countries gathered for this event organized  in the Army’s physical training center (CCfEx).

Several high authorities attended the event: Colonel David Kabré, Official CISM Representative and Member of the BoD - Colonel José Pinheiro, CISM Beach Volleyball PCSC and Member of the CISM HQ - Colonel Walter Jander, CISM VP America and his assistant WO Jorge Junqueira - Army General Mauro César Lourena Cid, the Head of the Army`s Department of Education and Culture (DECEX) - Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, the Eastern Military Commander - Army General Decio Luiz Schons, Commander of Escola Superior de Guerra (ESG) - Lieutenant-Brigadier of the Air R/1 Ricardo Machado Vieira, - Secretary Personnel, Education, Health and Sport Ministry of Defense - Vice Admiral Claudio Portugal de Viveiros, Commander of the 1st Naval District - General Division Décio dos Santos Brasil, Vice Chief of DECEX - Vice Admiral Paulo Martino Zuccaro, Director of the Department of Military Sports - Vice Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo, Deputy Brigadier General Jorge Antonio Smicelato, Commander of ESG – CCFEx – and other local and international authorities.



The first games of the competition took place yesterday, November 8, in the Army`s Physical Training Center (CCFEx). Brazil dominated the first round with excellent performances. Three Brazilian teams finished the day undefeated as they won their two games 2 sets 0. Evandro and Andre defeated the Netherlands (Frijters and Van Eerd) 21-7 and 21-9; Alvaro and Saymon won 21-13 and 21-15 against Latvia (Vents and Martins) while Hevaldo and George defeated Iran (Salagh and Abdolhamed) 21-16 and 21-13. Saymon and Alvaro showed out to be stronger than their teammates Hevaldo and George as they won the game 2 sets 0 (21-18; 21-18).



Three rounds were also played in the male category during the afternoon with a wide domination of the Brazilian teams that only one game out of the 12 games played. Álvaro / Saymon and Guto / Vitor are currently leading their groups while Germany (Erdmann / Betzien) and Sri Lanka (Yapa / Indika) are leading the two other groups.

Unfortunately, Saymon was injured after receiving a ball in the eyebrow that that hit his glasses. The injury required three stitches but the athlete has already recovered from this small injury!



“ I’m really proud to represent the Army and my country. It’s a great organization!”, declared George, part of the high-performance Athletes program.

In the afternoon, the Brazilian women’s teams opened the competition with success.  



Brazil also showed its strengths in the women’s competition as Taha/Eduarda and Larissa/Patricia won their two games 2 × 0 and are provisionally leading their group rankings!

Today’s games will start at 9 am (Rio de Janeiro time). The teams will be playing the last qualifying games in the morning while the women will play the quarterfinals in the afternoon.



For all the results and information: Information Bulletin 1Information Bulletin 2

The games are available in livestreaming on the CDE Brasil Facebook page.



All the pictures are available on the CISM Flickr Account.

For more information, visit http://cismbeachvolley2017.com.br/


(Source: http://cismbeachvolley2017.com.br)

(Pictures : Mr. Eddy Kellens, CISM Photographer)