Rwandan Prime Minister hosts FIVB President Graça
Kigali, Rwanda, December 10, 2013 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani paid a courtesy visit to Rwandan Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi in Kimihurura on Monday.
Graça and Elwani led a delegation of officials from the FIVB and CAVB and were also accompanied by the Rwanda’s Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali, FIVB first Vice President and NORCECA Confederation President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, CAVB first Vice President Mory Keita and CAVB Board member Louis Timba.
Dr. Habumuremyi hailed the good working relationship between the Rwanda Volleyball Federation and the government, adding that volleyball is one of the disciplines being supported to advance sports development in the country.
The Prime Minister thanked the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) for granting Rwanda a chance to host the annual continental congress, adding that Rwanda is committed to developing the sporting infrastructure in line with international standards.
Graça who fell in love with Rwanda’s beauty, praised the level which Rwandan volleyball has reached, adding that the government has played a tremendous role in developing the sport.
“Over the past two years, we channelled $5 million to Africa with the aim of developing the sport and Rwanda has excelled in managing these funds to develop volleyball. This is reflected by the fact that Rwanda have qualified different teams to the World Championships in different age groups,” he said.
“I also believe that with enough infrastructure, we can try to bring some of the major international tournaments to Rwanda because you deserve them,” added Graça.
Elwani pointed out the great role Rwanda played to ensure that the CAVB Congress was a success with a record number of participating national federations. It was sign that Rwanda is ready to host many volleyball events with support from local authorities.
The FIVB President honoured Rwanda’s Prime Minister with the CAVB order for his support for the sport of volleyball in the country.
The CAVB Congress closed on Sunday evening in Kigali with national federations showing great solidarity and expectations of a bright future for the sport.