17 March 2014 16:02

LARNACA - The municipality of Larnaca is calling on anyone over the age of 12-years-old to volunteer to help host the upcoming FIVB U21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships scheduled to take place in the town this summer.
The games, which will take place between July 22 and 27 on Phinikoudes promenade, will see a total of 72 teams from five of the world’s seven continents home in on the coastal town of the island for the prestigious event.
It is not the first time that Cyprus has hosted a beach volley event of this size which will see a total of 280 games taking place over the five days between eight in the morning to ten at night.
In 2012, Larnaca hosted the FIVB U19 World Championships which were won by a men’s tandem from Poland and a women’s duo from Lithuania.
And with funds already stretched thin, organisers are calling on the public to lend a hand in the massive competition to ensure the games are once again a successful one.
“Larnaca stands behind and supports events such as these because they offer huge benefits and insight to Cypriot volleyball”, said Yianna Nicolaou who runs the volunteer department of the Larnaca Municipality but who is also part of the championship organising committee.
“The municipality is looking for volunteers and is in need of people who love the town and are willing to offer a hand in further highlighting our cultural values.
“To all those people who love sport and the town of Larnaca, I ask of them to come and offer their support for these world championship games.”
According to Nicolaou, the municipality is on the look-out for around 500 volunteers over the age of 12-years-old and explains why so many people will be necessary in helping stage the competition.
“As host town and organiser of the event, we will do the groundwork needed to launch this event while also supply the personnel. Within the venue, we will have eight courts, six of which will be used for the games, while one of them will be the central stadium with a capacity of 2,000 as well as two training courts.
All the courts will be provided with approved sand by the International Volleyball Federation.”
Winning the men’s FIVB U21 World Championships last year in Croatia were Brazil’s Gustavo Carvalhaes and Allison Cittadin while the women’s gold medal was won by Poland’s Jagoda Gruszczynska and Katarzyna Kociolek.
In the first 13 years of the under-21 games, Brazil has garnered the most final four placements, medals – gold medals in particular – in both genders.
In the U21 men’s competition, Brazil has ten final four placements and nine total medals including four gold medals.
Other countries with men’s gold medals have been Italy, Poland and Spain with two each and with one each have been Canada, Latvia and the Ukraine.
Cyprus has also been present at the games in the past and will once again be in the mix this summer.
For more information, contact Yianna Nicolaou direct on 99817979 or visit the website www.larnakabeachvolley.com for more information


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