PRESS RELEASE 20.05.2005


Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi receives Dr. Rubén Acosta, FIVB President
Dr. Rubén Acosta with Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Junichiro Koizumi. Photo Source: Kyodo

Lausanne, Switzerland, 20 May, 2005 - The Prime Minister, Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, received FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta and his wife Malú Acosta in his private residence in the Chiyoda-Ku district of Tokyo.

Mr. Koizumi was delighted to learn that over 174 countries were currently competing for the 23 spots in the World Championships Finals, which will take place in the 10 Japanese cities selected by the FIVB.

Asked by the Prime Minister about the chances of the Japanese teams, the FIVB President assured him that the women's volleyball team was continuing to advance following its qualification and fine performance at the Olympic Games in Athens. The men's team, which has been totally reworked, since the arrival of a new coach, will have to show what it is made of if it intends to rally the support of audiences on its home turf.

"I am honoured to receive the official recognition from the hands of the FIVB President and feel confident that the upcoming World Championships in Japan will be an incomparable success which will leave the World's top Volleyball players with unforgettable memories," said the Prime Minister.

The Japanese Volleyball Federation, presided by Mr. Masao Tachiki, is working tirelessly to successfully comply with the organising conditions set forth by the FIVB.

Dr. Rubén Acosta also informed the Prime Minister that the FIVB is the largest sports organisation in the world, with 218 affiliated Federations and 35 million registered players.