Fidel Castro Expresses Sorrow Over Death of Volleyball Coach

Havana, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) – The historical leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, expressed his admiration for legendary volleyball coach Eugenio George, who passed away last weekend, in a message published today by Granma journal.

The message acknowledges George’s achievements. He was selected by the International Volleyball Federation as the best women’s team trainer of the 20th century and in 2005, he was inducted to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Fidel Castro recalled the prestigious trainer led the Cuban women’s team to the top of the ranks worldwide.

“Some people were surprised no floral offering of us accompanied his coffin. I always admired his work and did not know about his passing until several hours later”, said the Cuba leader.

George led the Cuban women’s team to two Olympic gold medals in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, and to win the world championships in Leningrad 1978 and Brazil 1994.

The outstanding coach also reached triumphs in several Pan and Central American Games and many other top quality tournaments.

Although he was not officially directing the national selection, the Olympic gold medal in Sidney 2000 and bronze medal in Athens 2004, are considered also his achievements, since he always remained fully aware of the team’s developments and contributed with his experience in trainings.