World volleyball mourns death of Endre Holvay


Former FIVB Vice-President Dr. Endre Holvay passed away at the age of 97 on Friday morning in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, February 26, 2016 – Former FIVB Vice-President Dr. Endre Holvay, who was a significant volleyball figure, great sportsman and leader, passed away on Friday morning at the age of 97, leaving the Hungarian and world volleyball communities in mourning.

Holvay was born in Budapest on November 4, 1918. He developed a passion for volleyball and got involved competitively from 1946 to 1949 with Kispesti Elektromos.

Holvay’s playing career may have ended but that did not end his involvement with the sport. Holvay ascended the ranks within volleyball through his first post as member of the organising committee of the Hungarian Volleyball Federation at the age of 37, and then he was elected president of the national federation, where he served for two terms from 1955 to 1963 and 1974 to 1980.

He joined the FIVB in 1955 and served the role of FIVB Vice-President for two terms from 1959 to 1961 and 1970 to 1972.

Holvay actively participated in the Olympic Games as a technical delegate from 1964 to 2000. He also served as president of the FIVB Refereeing Commission, who drafted and implemented reforms related to the rules of the game.

Holvay was a pillar for the sport and received countless recognitions for shaping the image of volleyball as a prestigious world sport. His contribution will always be well regarded for the decades of devoted service to Hungarian volleyball, CEV and FIVB that gave a widespread impact on the sport at all levels.

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