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Minister of Sport and NOC President guests of honour at FIVB Board of Administration Dominican Republic meeting

Dominican Republic Minister of Sports Mr. Felipe Payano told the FIVB Board of Administration that its meeting is a "great opportunity for the Dominican Republic"

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, April 14, 2010 – The FIVB Board of Administration welcomed the Dominican Republic Minister of Sports Mr. Felipe Payano and the President of the Dominican Republic National Olympic Committee Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo at the opening of its three-day meeting in Punta Cana on Wednesday.

“On behalf of the President of the Dominican Republic Mr. Leonel Fernández it is my great pleasure to be able to welcome you here to Punta Cana,” Mr. Payano told the FIVB Board members. “This is a great opportunity for the Dominican Republic to show how such a small country can organise such an important meeting for an international sporting organisation. All nine million people of the Dominican Republic welcome you.”

“The National Olympic Committee of the Dominican Republic is extremely honoured to host you in Punta Cana," Mr. Oviedo said. "It’s an honour because sport is one of a select few which can promote people. International sporting events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships not only generate goodwill between the athletes but also the public through the images they generate and your sport – Volleyball has become a leader in its field in this respect.

“I also congratulate you on the transformation of the leadership of your sport and showing others how to do it. The new emphasis on development is encouraging. The Regional Volleyball Development Centre in the Dominican Republic, which is supported by the FIVB, is a model centre for our organization. Through this centre, many people have learnt, achieved and succeeded. It is a great model we can follow.”

FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei thanked both guests for their kind hospitality on behalf of the members. “We would like express our deep gratitude to the President of the Dominican Republic  his Excellency Mr. Leonel Fernández for his attention to this meeting,” Mr. Wei said. “The Dominican Republic is not a big country but it is not small in sport. We are all in the Olympic movement. It is the only international platform where there is no discrimination of nationality and race. People can compete together. This is the Olympic spirit.”

The FIVB Board of Administration is meeting until Friday in the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort and Convention Centre in Punta Cana.

For more info contact:
FIVB Press Department Director - Richard Baker
Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort and Convention Centre: +1 809 686 5797
Mobile. +41 79 603 3926 

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