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2010 Girls' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

 Press Release
FIVB congratulates YOG and Singapore for outstanding event

Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz (right) congratulates Singapore on a very successful Youth Olympic Games

Singapore, Singapore, August 26, 2010 – FIVB 1st Executive Vice President and Control Committee President for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games Volleyball competition Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz thanked, on the behalf of the FIVB President Mr Jizhong Wei, the Volleyball Federation of Singapore, the organizers and particularly the volunteers for what was “a great success”.

“I want to share my appreciation and would like to congratulate all the volunteers at these first Youth Olympic Games 2010 in Singapore who put a tremendous effort in this tournament,” Mr Marte said at the closing press conference of the Volleyball tournament in Toa Payoh Sports Hall on Thursday. “There were a lot of people around us helping us with everything we needed, which helped make this event make history and be a great success.”

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The sterling effort of the local organizing committee in organizing the Youth Olympic Games and the Volleyball tournament in particular has already led to fruitful discussions between the FIVB and the Volleyball Association of Singapore.
“The FIVB are now having discussions with the Volleyball Association of Singapore about the possibilities to arrange one leg of the World Grand Prix tournament in Singapore, because we were so impressed of their job during the Youth Olympic Games and the impact the tournament has had on progressing youth Volleyball in the future,” Mr. Marte explained.

He also congratulated the IOC and the IOC President Mr Jacques Rogge, who watched the Volleyball finals, for the great success of the Youth Olympic Games and the collaboration during the Games. “We worked hand in hand as a team, and everything worked well without problems. About the tournament I can say that we met a group of boys and girls who will be the next generation of champions. All the teams played very well and the public saw a fantastic show.

“The FIVB started a development program in January 2010 to bring Volleyball in to the schools all over the world. We want to extend this program to all the five continents because we believe in young people, and this huge program is all for them”, Mr. Marte expressed.

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