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FIVB President in Rome for historic Women's Referees Seminar

FIVB President Jizhong Wei addresses the audience at the very first international seminar specifically addressed to female referees

Rome, Italy, March 12, 2010. The very first international seminar specifically addressed to female referees promoted by CEV in cooperation with the Italian Volleyball Federation was officially opened on Friday in the presence of honorary guest FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei who joined 50 participants representing a total of 25 countries at the Olympic training centre “Giulio Onesti” located in the suburbs of the Italian capital, Rome.

“After the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 we immediately decided to support and increase the representation of female referees in our sport and across all five continents," President Wei told the participants. "I am convinced that by increasing their number, we’ll increase also their quality and competence, which are already very remarkable."

CEV President André Meyer, together with the President of the Italian Volleyball Federation Mr. Carlo Magri and Mr. Raffaele Pagnozzi, the Secretary General of the Italian Olympic Committee, all warmly welcomed President Wei and the participants to the seminar.

As a result of the cooperation between CEV and the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) decided in December Mrs. Taghrid Mohamed Omar Zaki of Egypt was also amongst the audience, thus adding some more international “flavour” to the event.

President is expected to also attend the seminar on Saturday which is to be an insight into how the CEV can further promote referee course for women as well as provide an overview of the past year in female refereeing.

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