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RIP: Cuban legend died in 81 years

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FIVB Volleyball Women’s Coach of the 20th century Eugenio George passed away on Friday aged 81 after a long illness.


Eugenio George

Cuba’s George was the chief architect behind the success of the national women’s teams in the 80s and 90s and the turn of the century which won gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 and bronze in Athens 2004. He also treasured consecutive wins at the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 1999, and silver medals at the 1977 and 1985 editions, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup crown in 1993 and silver in 1997 and two gold and four silver medals at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

Eugenio George will go down as one of the greats of not only volleyball coaching but in volleyball overall,” FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said.

He was an inspiration to many of the world’s coaches and in an age when the coaching world was embracing technology, he proved that with hard work and dedication success could still be achieved. The thoughts of the entire volleyball family are with his family and the Cuban federation at this time.”

One of the best ways to remember George is by one of his quotes from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing when he said ‘The key to my life is to educate. Through volleyball I did not only make training or won medals, I worked on social development, education, entertainment’.”


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