Sunday, 14 August 2011

Brazilian volleyball team reigns supreme in London

The things corporate sponsors will do for attention. This will come as no surprise to anyone; the focus of today’s London Olympics beach volleyball test event at the Horse Guards Parade in London was, not the volleyball itself, but the scantily-and-Visa-logo-clad women “entertaining” the crowd. Isn’t that what the match is for?

One spectator told me: “the volleyball is a bit of a side show to the Visa girls in bikinis”, while another said: “no-one is watching the match, not when these ‘cheerleaders’ are in the aisles”. The funny thing is, that women’s beach volleyball is probably the last sport on earth where you need to add any extra flesh.

Anyway, for those who might be interested in the match itself, it was between Brazil and the USA, with the latter dominating the first set. But Brazil came back in the second set to win it, and take the match into a tight final set, which Liliane Maestrini and Angela Vieira managed to pull out of the bag with some pretty stylish moves. Vamos.

1 comment:

  1. I was there and you're right, the "cheerleaders" were properly distracting.

    But the final set was a real nail-biter, with some spectacular points won by both teams. Lilian and Angela were really good sports, sticking around as everyone was leaving, having their photos taken with the crowd (There was a very noticeable Brazilian contingent).

    If this event was anything to go by, volleyball is definitely the ticket to have come the Olympics.

    p.s. I can't believe how you always seem to get to all the best Brazil-related events! How do you do it?