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Interest spikes in top beach volleyball tournament in Mangaung
- Updated: December 10, 2014
Volleyball South Africa (VSA) are hosting the final leg of the FIVB World Tour in Mangaung in the Free State till Monday, 14 December.
Billed as the ‘FIVB Manguang Open’ the event writes itself in the history books as the first FIVB Open to be staged in an inland province on the African continent.
Mangaung is steeped in South African history as the birth place of the African National Congress (ANC), the continent’s oldest liberation movement that spawned iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela (South Africa’s first black democratic leader), Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisilu.
Meanwhile, with a record number of 69 men’s teams and 42 women’s teams having registered for the final event, at the Rose Garden Loch Logan Waterfront, spectators can look forward to a visual feast of high octane volleyball by the world’s elite who will be pulling out all the stops to up their FIVB ranking and lay their hands on a lion’s share of the lucrative prize money.
Heading the list of seasoned contenders are the FIVB’s top ranked players, Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst (Netherlands); Nicholas Lucena and Theodore Brunner (USA) and the Italian pairing of Paolo Nicolai and Alex Ranghieri. Their female counterparts are Lane Carico and Kimberly Dicello (USA); Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug (Argentina) and Canadians Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas.
Capetonians Grant Goldschmidt (2012 Olympian) and Leo Williams are South Africa’s top ranked male players for the Manguang Open. Following closely on their heels are main draw hopefuls, Jamine Naidoo and Clint Stemmet; Keifer Govender and Jerome Federicks; Colin Pocock and Casey Augoustides, Ivan Solomons and Ricardo Stevens.
Joining their male counterparts are: Palesa Sekhonyana/ Randy Williams; Anneta Frederiksen/ Gadija Jappie; Sheana-Alice Abrahams/Liezel Petersen; Simone Sittig/Luciana Pierangeli and Nicola Wenhold/Judith Augoustides.
With the ‘thumbs up’ sign to signal that its ‘all systems go’ for the global beach volleyball showpiece the organisers are bracing themselves for a record turn out of spectators from the volleyball crazy City of Manguang.
@David_Isaacson if i'm not mistaken he had a website dedicated to it
@BoruchowitzGary SA, I think ... not sure he's held African presidency
@David_Isaacson oh I think he's campaigned for that most important seat before
@BoruchowitzGary He may have campaigned...
@BoruchowitzGary Ok - never saw it
@David_Isaacson doubt it got too many hits