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18/03/2020 10:46
Together we are strong

Luxembourg, March 18, 2020. Together we are strong. This is a lesson everyone involved in sport, and especially in Volleyball, has learned and experienced many times. While we all hope for life to come back to normal as soon as possible, we can take a moment to appreciate the power and beauty of our sport.

Today we can do so with the help of some iconic pictures shot by Dan Shiray, a professional photographer who works for the Israel Volleyball Association, where he is responsible for marketing and TV. “Together with our TV partner Sports Channel 5 we have designed a special project to document a number of sports and especially Israeli athletes likely to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The photos are available on a dedicated mini-site run by the sports channel itself and on their social networks and there are plans for an exhibition as well,” Shiray says.

Volleyball is one of those sports, with Dan capturing on this occasion photos of Israeli Volleyball stars Alexander Osokin and Galit Devash. “I wish to present through these photos the power, the beauty and the aesthetics of the sports world through the athletes themselves. Sports and the arts are the most universal languages we have. They allow us to express ourselves physically, emotionally and intellectually, to connect and interact with each other, thus going beyond borders, cultures, languages and generations. By merging the two languages into one, we can create a fascinating platform that will leverage, empower and connect new audiences to the world of sport,” he continues.

Osokin (see above), who plays for Hapoel MATE ASHER-AKKO and the Israeli national team, stands in the middle of a number of young children, as a role model they look up to – symbolising at the same time the strength we can feel when we stick together while going through challenging times.

“When I made contact with the sports channel with the idea of the photo shooting, their positive answer came faster than when I proposed marriage to my wife,” Dan continues. “We started shooting pics of all sports, even those whose athletes are unlikely to go to the Olympics, trying to portray their dreams, their emotions and much more. I discovered a magical world of passionate athletes, standing out for their endless perseverance and openness to creative thinking, full of emotions. Athletes are very special people, who are able to combine competitive spirit and power with warmth and love in a truly unique way.”
The picture of Galit Devash, a key member of the Israeli national team and of Hapoel KFAR SABA as well, conveys the feeling that the passion and love for Volleyball is for life. “I experienced an amazing journey in the Israeli sports world. Every photography is the result of an interesting meeting combined with the spirit of creativity. Nothing in the world, even the virus outbreak, will stop sport from connecting human beings. If we all stick together and share positive energy, we will overcome everything,” Shiray concludes.

Pictures courtesy of Dan Shiray

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