Porto, Portugal, May 9, 2004 – The
President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Dr.
Rubén Acosta and Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth and
Sport Dr. Herminio Loureiro opened the new headquarters of the
Portuguese Volleyball Federation (FPV) in Porto on Sunday in the
company of members of the FIVB Executive Committee and local
dignitaries and celebrities including the Mayor of Porto Dr. Rui
Rio, the President of the national Olympic Committee Commandant
José Vicente Moura and among others former Olympic and world
marathon champion Ms. Rosa Mota.
Dr Acosta congratulated FPV President Mr.
Vicente Araujo on the new premises and recalled; “When I met Mr.
Araujo 15 years ago he had nothing but a dream,” Dr Acosta said.
“It was to raise the level of Volleyball in Portugal and make
Portuguese Volleyball one of the best Federations in Europe. Now,
I believe he has succeeded and this new venue is in recognition
of the work he has done with this Federation.
“This Federation is an example for all the
other Federations in the Volleyball family.”
Mr Araujo, who is also an FIVB Executive
member and has been FPV President for eight years, paid tribute
to the team effort in making the new premises a reality.
“Without the help of all the friends,
family, sponsors and supporters of Portuguese Volleyball this
would never have been possible,” he said. “I am proud to be here
today to witness this moment where Volleyball in Portugal starts
another exciting new path.”
Dr. Loureiro was equally pleased with the
progress of Portuguese Volleyball and the influence it has had
on the local society. “Volleyball is a wonderful sport,” he said.
“Because it offers equal opportunities to both men and women”.
With the start of the 29th World
Congress, also in Porto, less than three days away and a World
Olympic Qualification tournament starting on May 21, the new
headquarters signals the start of a golden period for Portuguese
Volleyball in which the national men’s team hopes to qualify for
the Athens Olympics in August.