President Graça attends inauguration of Sport for Hope Centre in Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 15, 2014 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° attended the inauguration of the Sport for Hope Centre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Centre's modern sporting facilities, which include three multi-purpose volleyball courts, were officially opened by the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, in the presence of Republic of Haiti President Michel Martelly and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
President Graça and Republic of Haiti President Martelly at the inauguration of the Sport for Hope Centre|
President Graça said: "The International Volleyball Federation is proud to participate in this important project for the people of Haiti. The Sport for Hope Centre is a wonderful example of how sport can help build a better world by providing access to new cultural, educational and social opportunities. The Centre will also provide elite athletes and the entire region with state-of-the-art training facilities."
The construction of the multisport facility was initiated by the International Olympic Committee following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. It will provide young people and local communities with opportunities to practise sport. The centre will be a magnet for the local community, but elite athletes will also have access to training facilities. The emphasis will be put on giving young people the chance to practise sport actively and develop their bodies, minds and wills.
The Sport for Hope Centre will be used as a tool to support coaches and sports administrators and organise sports competitions. It will contribute to social development by providing a meeting place for shared experiences for the community, but it will also provide educational programmes and health services.
President Bach said: “The Sport for Hope Centre is open to all Haitians – from the young to the old, and from professional athletes to beginners. It offers open access to a variety of sports thanks to the generosity and commitment of a number of our stakeholders; but just as importantly, it offers access to cultural, educational and social development programmes and the Olympic values.”
In all, 14 Olympic sports will be practised at the Centre: football, rugby, athletics, volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, judo, taekwondo, boxing, karate, badminton, table tennis and weightlifting. The International Volleyball Federation and the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) have financed three multi-purpose volleyball courts and donated volleyball and beach volleyball equipment.
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