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9th WUC Beachvolleyball started with festive Opening Ceremony

On Sunday evening, Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle, Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Art, opened the 9th FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship (WUBC). From July 9th to 13th, 32 men’s and women’s teams from 29 countries will compete in Munich.

The participating nations marched into the Center Court of the beach volleyball facility of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in front of around 300 spectators. There, the singer Ute Ziemer welcomed the athletes with the German national anthem and the FISU anthem.

"Athletes deserve great recognition and respect for combining their education with sport," Kiechle stressed out. In her opening statement, the minister underlined the importance of cultural exchange and international understanding. With the words "I wish this event success and a wonderful time for the athletes. I hereby declare the WUBC 2018 open", she concluded her statement.

"From students for students. This is our motto for this event", Dr. Verena Burk, President of the Organising Committee, described the philosophy of this year's World University Beach Volleyball Championship. In addition, the event will provide a framework for cultural exchange. This gives athletes the opportunity to get to know German and Bavarian culture and to enjoy an exchange with athletes and officials from different cultural backgrounds".

Luciano Cabral, Vice-President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), thanked all those involved in this. For the further course of the event he addressed his speech specifically to the individual teams: "For now the championship is in your hands. I wish everyone good luck".

Jonas Reckermann, Olympic gold medalist in 2012, brought the FISU flag to the Center Court. The athlete's oath was taken by Leonie Klinke, the referee's oath by Stefan Müller. The cultural programme was then introduced by traditional Bavarian "Goaßlschnalzer", accompanied by various accordion pieces.

Dr. Hans Pongratz, Vice President of the TUM, especially thanked the over 100 volunteers and about 300 ball children for their support. "The WUBC is one of the most impressive events in the year of the 150th anniversary of the TUM", he explained to the athletes and spectators.

The Opening Ceremony ended with a spectacular performance by the "Traumfänger" acrobats of the TUM. The competitions start on Monday. In the group stage, all teams will already be on the courts twice.

Pictures of the day click here.