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Special honour for Italy

Hong Kong, China July 12, 2005 Ė World champions Italy not only had the privilege of winning the Hong Kong leg of the 2005 World Grand Prix Preliminary Round last weekend, which included a memorable victory of Olympic champions China, but they also had the honour of receiving their winnerís medals and cup from the International Olympic Committeeís (IOC) President Jacques Rogge.

It was a brilliant performance from the Italians, who needed three victories from the group to ensure they reached the final round, and they duly delivered with victories over the Dominican Republic and Germany. China finished second in the group, followed by the Dominican Republic and Germany.

President Rogge had recently completed the IOCís 117th Session in Singapore, which featured London being elected as the Host City for the 2012 Olympics and was a guest of honour of the Hong Kong Volleyball Association on Sunday.
Pic: The Italian team on the winner's podium with President of the FIVB World Grand Prix Council Mr. Wei Ji Zhong (left), President Rogge (second from left), IOC Member and President of the SF&OC Hon Timothy Fok and Mr. Victor Hui, the President of the Hong Kong Volleyball Association