FIVB President Welcomes IOC President to Volleyball Venue

TOKYO, Japan, August 4, 2021 - FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° today had the pleasure of welcoming International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and other IOC leaders to the exceptional Tokyo 2020 volleyball venue, Ariake Arena. 

Wednesday 04 de August del 2021 12:00 PM

Dr Ary S. Graça F° was accompanied by Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz and Mr. Aleksandar Boricic, FIVB First and Second Executive Vice Presidents, respectively. 

IOC President Bach’s visit coincided with a sensational women’s quarterfinal match between South Korea and Turkey – which South Korean won in five sets – at the marvellous Ariake Arena.  

Jordan Olympic Committee President and IOC member HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Turkish Olympic Committee President, World Archery President and IOC Member Prof. Uğur Erdener also attended the quarterfinal match-up. 

IOC President Bach was able to meet with two members of the Japan men’s national volleyball team, Yuji Nishida and Yūki Ishikawa, during his visit. President Bach talked with the players about their experience of participating in the Olympic Games, to which both Nishida and Ishikawa expressed their pride at being able to represent Japan at a home Games. 

He also met with Olympic Games Sydney 2000 gold medallist and Serbian volleyball legend Vladimir Grbić, in addition to Alejandrina Mireya Luis Hernandez, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and legendary Cuban volleyball player. 

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said: 

“I was delighted to welcome the IOC President to Ariake Arena, a beautiful venue which truly allows the sport of volleyball to take centre stage. President Bach was able to meet with volleyball legends and current players to really feel the passion that both the FIVB and the players have for our beloved sport.” 






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