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The most prestigious World Grand Prix Leg in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China, July 7, 2005 - 2005 is a year of change for Hong Kong, not only in personality but also in trend of thoughts. This also applies to the FIVB World Grand Prix.

Since the Chinese national women’s Volleyball team won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the FIVB World Grand Prix stepped into a new era. To face the challenge in the 2006 World Championships and more importantly, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the world’s top women Volleyball teams all injected new blood into their teams.
Pic: China on the winner's podium in Athens
This year, Hong Kong is one of three legs, which will decide the teams that will qualify for the FIVB World Grand Prix Final. The four teams from China, Dominican Republic, Germany and Italy competing in this leg will certainly go all-out to match their skill against one another enabling the Hong Kong public to witness some exciting and spectacular action in the Hong Kong Coliseum starting on Friday.

The highlight of the event is the visit of Count Jacques Rogge, IOC President to Hong Kong after the 117th IOC Session in Singapore and the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong is deeply honoured that President Rogge has kindly consented to attend the finals of the tournament on Sunday. Count Rogge will also present awards to the winners accompanied by the Hon. Timothy Fok, IOC Member and President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Mr. Wei Jizhong, President of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, Mr. Victor Hui, Chairman of Elite Sports Committee of the Hong Kong Sports Commission and President of the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China, as well as Ms. Anissa Wong, Director of Leisure & Cultural Services. Count Rogge will also take this opportunity to present the IOC Fair Play Trophy to Mr. Victor Hui.

The Volleyball Association of Hong Kong has always worked towards the advancement of Volleyball in Hong Kong. This year’s tournament not only received the subvention of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department but also the generous support of 3D-GOLD as the title sponsor. One of the special features of this prestigious event is that for the first time, there will be a Volleyball carnival organized in the Piazza of the Hong Kong Coliseum during the competition period. The Chinese national women’s Volleyball team fan club was also inaugurated to boost the support of the community and to arouse their enthusiasm to an even higher level.