Luizomar de Moura to lead Peru in chase of Olympic dream
Peruvian Volleyball Federation officials, players and coaches welcomed Luizomar de Moura of Brazil as the new coach of the women's national team.
Lima, Peru, January 25, 2017 – The Peruvian Volleyball Federation formally welcomed Brazilian tactician Luizomar de Moura on Wednesday, who will lead the women’s national team in pursuit of participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
De Moura has earned numerous titles in his 30-year career in volleyball. He led Brazil to win various age-group titles, including the 2005 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U18 World Championship in China, the 2007 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship and the 2009 Women’s U18 World Championship - both in Thailand.
He also led Osasco volleyball club to win the title at the 2012 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
“It is an honour for me to coach Peru because it is a country that is passionate about volleyball and has a great volleyball tradition,” De Moura said. “Peru became part of Olympic history with their silver medal in 1988.
“You and I have a great dream in common, for Peru to return to the Olympic Games. My dream is to lead the team and we shall work together towards that dream. This is my desire and I will fight for it.”
Peruvian Federation President Diana Gonzales chaired the presentation ceremony along with Peruvian Institute of Sports President Oscar Fernandez, and the coaches of the junior and youth teams Natalia Malaga and Marco Queiroga.
“It is a great joy and privilege to have Luizomar as coach of the senior national team,” Gonzales said. “His great history of achievements makes him the best candidate to head our national team. We trust in his commitment to take our country to new heights and bring back Peruvian volleyball glory.”
De Moura’s first challenge as Peru’s coach will be the XVI Pan American Cup in June; then he will guide the squad in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 2 competition, with the first leg to be held in Chiclayo, Peru.
Peru will travel to Colombia to compete in the South American Championship in August. In October, De Moura will lead the team once again at the 2018 World Championship qualification tournament in Peru to vie for a spot in next year’s tournament in Japan.