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Emanuel of Brazil

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Life's a beach in Brazil
by Andy McKenzie


The second men’s event of the 2000 Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour takes place in Brazil on January 18-23, with high hopes of a home victory.

  • Brazilian pair Emanuel-Loiola - the current world no.1 - head a list of 61 teams who will be hoping to further their chances of a qualification place for the Sydney 2000 Olympics at the Brazil Open in Guaruj.

  • Emanuel-Loiola are virtually assured of their place in Sydney, having won seven of the 14 qualifying rounds so far. However, they will be hoping to do well in Guaruj after a poor showing in Argentina, where they lost in the third round to Canadian pair Child-Heese.

  • They are likely to be pushed all the way by fellow Brazilians Zé Marco-Ricardo and Pará-Guilherme, currently ranked second and third respectively.

  • Salema-Baracetti of Argentina will have to go through the two-day qualification tournament if they are to follow up their win on home soil in Mar del Plata on January 16, having missed the deadline for the main draw.
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