Snow volleyball eyes Winter Games slot

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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Giba Godoy of Brazil plays during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Players hug each other during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) in Pyeongchang. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Players celebrate during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) in Pyeongchang. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Stefanie Schwaiger of Austria spikes during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Nikolas Berger of Austria reacts as Kim Yeon-Koung of South Korea returns the ball watched by Giba Godoy of Brazil during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Giba Godoy of Brazil falls as Kim Yeon-Koung of South Korea save a point during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Kim Yeon-Koung of South Korea and Emanuel Rego of Brazil play during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. A player warms-up during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeongchang - South Korea ? February 14, 2018. Workers rake snow in the court during an event promoting the Snow Volleyball hosted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A snow volleyball exhibition on Wednesday showcased a sport organizers hope will one day be included in the Winter Olympics.

"We can show the world it's possible," said Brazilian beach volleyball player Emanuel Rego who won gold in the 2004 Summer Games and didn't mind the cold and windy conditions in Pyeongchang.

"It doesn't matter if it's a little bit cold or a little bit hot, you can play volleyball anywhere," he said.

Organizers of the exhibition match said they hoped it would follow the path of beach volleyball which has been an Olympic sport since the 1996 Summer Games.

Rego was joined by volleyball players from Brazil, Serbia, China, South Korea and Austria.

The first Snow Volleyball European Championships will be held in Austria in March with 24 men's and 24 women's teams competing.

 

(Reporting by Reuters Television, editing by Darren Schuettler and Ed Osmond)

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