Bernard Rajzman

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Bernard Rajzman
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BornApril 25, 1957 (1957-04-25) (age 62)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bernard Rajzman (born April 25, 1957) is a former Brazilian volleyball player.[1][2] He is Jewish,[3] and was born in Rio de Janeiro. He was enshrined in the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2005. Nowadays, Bernard works for the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).

Rajzman began his sports career at the age of 11, playing basketball for Fluminense, but traded the sport for volleyball because he was too short. At the age of 17 he entered the Brazil men's national volleyball team, for which he played in three Olympics, winning a silver medal in Los Angeles 1984.[4] He also won seven South American Championships, one gold medal at the 1983 Pan-American Games, silver in the 1982 FIVB Men's World Championship and bronze in the 1981 Volleyball World Cup. He developed the "Star Trek" serve, adapted from the beach volleyball, in which the ball is hit from below with enough force that it sails dozens of feet over the court.

Rajzman is the president of Brazil's National Commission of Athletes, and a state congressman.[5]

Bernard Rajzman became an IOC member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[6]

He is the father of professional surfer Phil Rajzman.

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  1. ^ Robert Wechsler, Bob Wechsler (2007). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. pg 115: KTAV Publishing House, Inc. p. 404. ISBN 0-88125-969-1.
  2. ^ Joseph Siegman (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. pg 254: Brassey's. p. 278. ISBN 1-57488-284-8.
  3. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics – With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press.
  4. ^ Robert Wechsler, Bob Wechsler (2007). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. pg 224: KTAV Publishing House, Inc. p. 404. ISBN 0-88125-969-1.
  5. ^ Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: the clash between sport and politics : with a complete review of Jewish Olympic medallists. pg 138, 192, 240: Sussex Academic Press. p. 268. ISBN 1-903900-87-5.
  6. ^ IOC Session elects nine new members

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