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Japan “ready for more” ahead of Tokyo 2020

 
A packed Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya during the Japan v China match on Sunday
Nagoya, Japan, September 11, 2017 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° today praised Japan’s enthusiasm for hosting more volleyball events in the build up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. President Graça is visiting the country for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup and has spent time in both Tokyo and Nagoya, where the event is taking place.

As well as the passionate and knowledgeable fans, President Graça highlighted the dedication and commitment shown by the Aichi Volleyball Federation, organisers of this year’s event.   

“I was extremely pleased to see the same passion from the Japanese fans in Nagoya that we witnessed in Tokyo,” President Graça said. “All over the country there is an appetite for volleyball and it will be great to see that grow even more in the run up to Tokyo 2020.

“I met with the Aichi Volleyball Federation and thanked them personally for their fantastic organisation. Throughout my trip we have seen encouraging signs that Japan is ready to host more events, both indoor and beach volleyball.”


President Graça met with (from left to right) the JVA President, Kenji Shimaoka, Aichi Volleyball Association President, Katsuhiko Sakai, and Vice-Presidents, Kouhei Ohtsuka and Takayoshi Mizutani

President Graça arrived in Japan last week and spent the first part of his trip meeting with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG) as well as principal sponsors Mikasa and Fuji TV. After today’s discussion with the Aichi Volleyball Federation, President Graça and FIVB General Secretary Fernando Lima also sat down with a delegation from the Global Sports Marketing Division of ASICS, which included Senior General Manager, Naoki Matsushita, and the Sports Marketing Department General Manager, Shinobu Oya.

The two organisations discussed future partnerships, with a focus on increased beach volleyball in Japan over the next three years.

“We want the Japanese fans to be as excited about beach volleyball as they are about indoor, and we believe that ASICS can help us achieve this goal,” President Graça added.
 

President Graça and Secretary General Lima met ASICS

China were crowned women’s Grand Champions Cup winners on Sunday, beating Brazil to add a third title to their Olympic and FIVB Volleyball World Cup victories.

The men’s competition gets underway tomorrow, with all matches taking place in either Nagoya or Osaka.



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