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Big excitement at FIVB Durban Open launch
- Updated: October 31, 2013
Representatives from government, business, sporting macro structures and a large contingent of media attended the launch of the FIVB Durban Open hosted by Gauteng based promoters, Geness Consulting and Volleyball South Africa at Durban’s New Beach this week.
The Federation of International Volleyball’s (FIVB) final leg of the World Series Beach Volleyball championship takes place at New Beach from 11-15 December.
The highly publicised launch was hosted in a state of-the-art marquee set up at New Beach, reports Donovan Nair.
The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Councillor, Mr.William Zenzile represented the city Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo, at the media launch. In his address to the gathering Councillor Zenzile expressed his delight of being at the glitzy function that launched the FIVB Durban Open and said he is confident that the spin-offs for the city will be huge.
Councillor Zenzile went on to say that with the kind of support shown by the media at the launch beach volleyball’s global show piece will attract hordes of spectators to the city’s pristine shore line.
Dr. Sheena Geness who spoke on behalf of the promoters, Geness Consulting, briefed the media on the key objectives┬á of the event which included, inter alia, an overview of the event, marketing and communication strategies, sustainability programmes and the development of beach volleyball especially in disadvantaged communities.
IOC Executive Board member, Dr.Sam Ramsamy lauded the efforts of Volleyball South Africa and promoter Sunil Geness of Geness Consulting in securing the FIVB event for South Africa the only African country to host such an event.
Dr Ramsamy indicated that as a priority Volleyball South Africa President, Tubby Reddy must appeal to the FIVB President, Dr. Ary S. Graca to grace the event with his esteemed presence.
At a post function media interview promoter Sunil Geness, a former KZN Provincial volleyball player said: ÔÇ£Months of sheer hard work by a high powered delegation from Geness Consulting and Mr Tubby Reddy, the President of Volleyball South Africa, paid off handsomely when we secured the rights to host the FIVB World Series Beach Volleyball event in South Africa over the next two years. The last FIVB Beach Volleyball championship was staged in Cape Town seven years ago.
Geness went on to say that this time round his company will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that the South African leg of the FIVB championship is a world class event. ÔÇ£Fans who rock up at the venue will be awestruck by the scintillating display of high octane beach volleyball action by the planet’s best players in both genders,ÔÇØ added Geness.
Entrance to the venue at Durban’s New Beach for the five day volleyball extravaganza is free.
The fifth and final leg of the R60┬á000 Geness Consulting National Beach Volleyball Circuit takes place from 6-8 December at the same venue as a precursor to the world event.