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11 December 2013
Kigali, Rwanda, December 10, 2013- FIVB President Dr Ary Graça and CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi in Kimihurura on Monday.
Graca and Elwani who led a delegation of other officials from FIVB and CAVB were also accompanied by the Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali, FIVB first Vice President and NORCECA Confederation President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, CAVB first Vice President Mory Keita and CAVB Board member Louis Timba.
Dr. Habumuremyi hailed the good working relation between the Rwanda Volleyball federation and the government, adding that volleyball is one of the sports disciplines being supported to advance sports development in the country.
The Prime Minister thanked the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) for granting Rwanda a chance to host the annual continental congress, adding that Rwanda is committed to developing infrastructure of international standards.
On his behalf, Dr Graça who fell in love with Rwanda’s beauty praised the level which Rwandan volleyball has reached, adding that the government has done a tremendous role in developing the sport.
“In the past two years, we channeled $5m to Africa with an aim of developing the sport and this has been proved by Rwanda managing to excel in terms of developing volleyball. This can be seen in how they have qualified different teams to the World Cup in different age groups,” he said
“I also believe that with enough infrastructure, we can try to bring some of the major international tournaments to be played in Rwanda because you deserve them,” added Graça.
Elwani pointed out the great role, Rwanda played to make the CAVB Congress a success with the participation of a record number of Participating NFs. He ensured that Rwanda can receive a lot of volleyball events with the great support from the local authority.
FIVB President honoured the Prime Minister with the CAVB order for his great support to volleyball in Rwanda.
CAVB Congress closed on Sunday evening in Kigali with national federations showing great solidarity and expectations of a bright future for the sport.
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