Mireya among celebrities visiting Volleyball House in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, August 12, 2016 - The Volleyball House
and CopaCourts reached dizzy new heights today when bossaball
took over Copacabana Beach and wowed the crowds with high flying
volleyball skills which would have impressed Volleyball House
attendee Mireya Luis who was known for her spectacular jumping
power during her volleyball playing days.
The giant inflatable bossaball court on Copacabana will be a
part of the FIVB’s CopaCourts for the next few days with an
international tournament taking place, providing a chance to
celebrate the unique and fun ways that volleyball can be played.
Bossaball players from around the world grabbed the attention
of beach goers with impressive aerobatic skills that Mireya
would have been proud of.
Mireya, a three time Olympic gold medal winner from Cuba, earned
numerous accolades throughout her career including “best scorer”
and “best player” at competitions but it was her jumping prowess
that she was well-known for. Mireya put old rivalries aside
when she met with former Brazilian volleyball player Virna Dias
at the FIVB Volleyball House today. Mireya and Virna were two
of the best volleyball players in the 1990s competing for
opposing teams, but 20 years on at the Volleyball House,
friendship overcame past rivalry.
Among the other athletes who visited the House today were
Italian former volleyball player Maurizia Cacciatori, former
Brazilian beach volleyball player Oscar Brandão and former
volleyball player and coach Giovane Gávio from Brazil who made
the most of the House’s entertainment.
The Volleyball House also welcomed history makers Doaa
Elghobashy and Nada Meawad who took time out from their new
found fame to take selfies with fans and play an exhibition
match on the FIVB’s CopaCourts. On Sunday, they became Egypt’s
first ever team to compete in the Olympic beach volleyball
tournament; it also marked the first time a hijab has been worn
by an Olympic beach volleyball player with the subsequent images
being hailed as the most iconic of Rio 2016.
Keeping up with the FIVB Volleyball House’s tradition of
attracting star names, Brazilian actor Thiago Lacerda and his
actress wife Vanessa Lóes dropped by to meet with FIVB President
Dr. Ary Graça during another busy day for the FIVB’s high flying