Brazil backs Jamaica’s bid for world beach volleyball honours

KINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC- Brazil is providing technical and financial support to Jamaica for its inaugural appearance in the FIVB World U-19 Beach Volleyball Championship in Portugal from 11 – 14 July 2013.

Volleyball legend Jacqueline Cruz Silva
Volleyball legend Jacqueline Cruz Silva

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Brazil has announced that it will cover the cost for retired world famous beach volleyball player Jacqueline Cruz Silva to accompany the Jamaica team to Brazil.

The decision comes after NOC Brazil, in collaboration with the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) arranged for  Cruz Silva , winner of the first women Olympic beach volleyball Championship, to Jamaica to provide technical assistance to the teams from 29 May to 06 June.
The announcement also followed assistance from Brazil to cover the accommodation, meals and ground transportation expenses of the teams’ visit to Brazil for preparatory training.

“I could not have planned a better script.

The kindness that we have received from Brazil, to include their NOC, National Volleyball Federation and Embassy in Jamaica, knows no bound,” said Major Warrenton Dixon, President of JaVA.

“There are not enough words to coin our gratitude”.

Cruz Silva is a retired player from Brazil, who won the gold medal in the inaugural women’s beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Sandra Pires.

Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan make up Jamaica’s boys team, while Tionna Graham and Lisanne Roofe comprise the girls team.

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