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Brazilian Martial Arts bidding for Olympic limelight

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In less than one year, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. It will also shine the spotlight on some uniquely Brazilian sports and athletes who wouldn’t mind a bit of the Olympic glory themselves.

On the beach, visitors will discover footvolley — kind of like beach volleyball, but players can’t use their hands or arms to smack the ball over the net. Feet, chest and head tend to be the tools of choice.

We’re fighting to make it an Olympic sport,” footvolley enthusiast Ricardo Martins told CNN after a grueling match of two-on-two. “It’s beautiful to play and watch.”

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