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FIVB and Volleyball legend passes away

Mr. Chesnokov was a member of the Russian team which claimed gold at the first edition of Volleyball at the Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo, having already won two FIVB World Championship titles in 1960 and 1962

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2010 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is in mourning after two-time World Championship winner, Russian Olympic champion and former FIVB Vice President, Board of Administration and Executive Committee member Mr. Yuri Chesnokov passed away at the age of 77 at home in Moscow on Saturday.

Mr. Chesnokov was a member of the Russian team which claimed gold at the first edition of Volleyball at the Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo, having already won two FIVB World Championship titles in 1960 and 1962. Following an extremely successful coaching spell, he went on to become elected as a FIVB Vice-President in 1976 before standing down in 2008 during which time he was also the President of the FIVB Rules of the Game Commission, Sports Organizing Committee and Coaching Commission.

“He was a pillar of the FIVB, who made an enormous contribution to international Volleyball,” FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei said. “He had a tremendous work ethic and touched many lives within the international Volleyball community. He was not only a legend of Russian Volleyball but internationally, he was one of the most respected persons within our sport, as a player, manager, coach and an administrator. The thoughts of all of the FIVB family are with the Chesnokov family right now.”

Mr. Chesnokov retired from international Volleyball at the age of 31 following his Olympic triumph. During the 2004 Olympic Games when he was the FIVB Olympic Games Event Director, he reflected on the changes of the sport of Volleyball, 40 years on from his gold-medal winning exploits: “In those days I was the main spiker and blocker yet I was only 191m. It is a sign of the times that we now see so many players over 2m tall. Over the years Volleyball has undergone a complete revolution and right now Volleyball is a wonderful spectacle.”

The 2004 Olympics was Mr. Chesnokov’s 10th Olympic Games in total in which time he collected all three medals. He won gold as a player, claimed a silver and bronze medal as coach in 1972 and 76 respectively and attended six Olympic Games as an official.

The date for what is expected to be a private funeral for family and friends is still to be determined.

The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation regrets for the tremendous loss for our sport.
Sincerely yours,
Ary Graça

On behalf of Palestinian Volleyball Federation, extending our sincere condolences for the loss of Mr. Yuri Chesnokov. History will always remember his deeds.
Kind regards
Rene Zambile

Bravo pour cet hommage à Yuri Chesnokov.
Bien cordialement.
André Leclercq

We were filled with deep sorrow to hear the painful news of Mr. Chesnokov's death.
Mr. Chesnokov was a Volleyball legend who belonged to the whole world. He devoted all his life to our beloved sport.
I, On behalf of Iranian Volleyball society, take the opportunity to extend our sincere condolences to you and the whole Volleyball family.
M.R Davarzani

We know words aren't as much comfort at a time like this. We were saddened to hear of Mr. Yuri Chesnokov's passing away.
We can well appreciate your great sense of loss, he was the father of all coaches and all the coaching world.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Nejat Sancak

I hope that this letter finds you in good health and spirit. With immense regret I convey my sincere sympathy and condolences for the loss of our friend Mr. Yuri Chesnokov who devoted all of his life for our beloved game. He was a pillar of the FIVB who made and enourmous contribution to international Volleyball. Pleas pass our deep sympathy and sorrow for his family.
Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser


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