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FIVB World Tour pays respect to Malaysia Airlines crash victims

The Netherlands' Jon Stiekema dives for the Mikasa as the FIVB World Tour honors the casualties of the Malaysia Airlines crash with a black strip below the FIVB logo (right chest).

The Hague, the Netherlands, July 18, 2014 - Out of respect for the next of kin of the victims of the airplane crash in Ukraine, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Transavia Grand Slam in The Hague will continue in a subdued form.

“The entertainment programme will be drastically downsized. From now on, the tournament will be only about the sport,” tournament director Bas van de Goor said on Friday.

A Malaysia Airlines airplane crashed on Thursday near Donetsk in the east of Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. Among the dead were nearly 200 Dutch passengers.

“Our thoughts go out to the passengers, the crew, their family and friends”, title sponsor and airline Transavia said in a joined declaration with the national and international federation. “Out of respect we will downsize the entertainment programme.  All activities that usually create the vibrant atmosphere around the event will be turned down.”

“The thoughts of the entire volleyball family are with the families of all the victims.” FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said. “With respect to the wishes of the Dutch Volleyball Federation and the promoter of this week’s Grand Slam event in the Netherlands, the presentation of the international beach volleyball tournament will be in a lower key than is representative of a standard FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event.”

On court all Dutch players will wear a black strip on their uniforms in honour of the casualties. A lot of the foreign competitors will follow suit. There will also be a minute of silence during the evening programme on Friday, as well as on Saturday and before the finals on Sunday.

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