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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

Preparation in Athens for Beach Volleyball Teams

NICOSIA, 13 May 2009 - Select national teams for Men's and Women's Beach Volleyball will leave for Athens on Thursday, 14 May, as they prepare for the upcoming XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The team will train in Schinias with Anavyssos also as a possible option.

The man who will be heading the national team training, at the Sailing Centre in Limassol, is Kostas Tampouratzis, Assistant Coach of the National Team. Head Coach Manolis Roumeliotis, who had a major role in the recent success of Greek beach volleyball, is currently in Athens due to other professional obligations but has already constructed a training schedule and will take charge of training sessions when the national teams land on Greek soil. During their stay in Athens, the national teams will also play a series of practice matches against Greek opposition.

Commenting on the preparation, Roumeliotis said, "The most important thing is to make the right kind of preparation. We accepted the proposal from the Cypriot federation in a bid to lay down the correct foundations for the Cyprus national beach volleyball teams."

When asked about the Cyprus National Teams' targets ahead of the games, Roumeltios preferred to keep his cards close to his chest only revealing, "First of all, we have to work hard with all the players so we can be ready at the beginning of June, when the GSSE begin. We will be learning more about our opponents soon so we should have a clearer picture then with regards to our targets."

Roumeliotis was the coach behind the major success for Greek Beach Volleyball after successfully guiding Vasso Karadassiou / Vicky Arvaniti and Thalia Koutroumanidou / Maria Tsiartiani  -- most recently at the Beijing Olympic Geames. Up until the end of 2008, he was the National Team Coach for the Men's and Women's teams, as well as technical coordinator for the teams, responsible for the organising, scheduling, coordinating and for the operations of the teams.

As a player, Roumeliotis was Champion of Greece in 1999 and 2001. He was a member of the Greek National Beach Volleyball side between 1994 and 2001.

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