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FIVB considered Samaranch a “leader of Volleyball” - Wei

FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei said the FIVB family will always remember former IOC President Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch "as an excellent example of an international sports leader"

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 21, 2010 – The FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei has sent a letter of condolence to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr. Jacques Rogge following the death of former IOC President Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, in a Barcelona hospital on Wednesday.

“The passing of President Samaranch is a big loss particularly with regards to the Olympic movement;” President Wei said in the letter. “The FIVB has always considered him as a leader of not only the Olympic movement but also of the FIVB, who has guided Volleyball, especially Beach Volleyball to today's achievements.

“The FIVB family will always remember him as an excellent example of an international sports leader and as FIVB President, I have learnt a lot from President Samaranch. I remain always his student.

“President Samaranch was a very eminent sports leader in the history of Olympic and world sport. He has made the Olympic movement a unique platform where the people of the world can get together without political conflict, without ideological conflict and without economical dispute. The Olympic Games have reached today's high level all due to his personal initiative and effort.

“President Samaranch is the founder of the contemporary Olympic movement if Baron Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic movement.”

Born in Barcelona in 1920, Samaranch pursued an outstanding career as diplomat and sports administrator before leading the IOC for 21 years from 1980 to 2001. Before his election as IOC President in Moscow in 1980, Samaranch had a long career in sports administration. He was a member and subsequently President of the Spanish National Olympic Committee from 1967 to 1970; President of the Spanish Skating Federation; and Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956, in Rome in 1960 and in Tokyo in 1964. He was himself a keen rink hockey player.

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