Bangkok, Thailand, May 23, 2023 – AVC Honorary Life Vice President and Executive Director Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, longtime administrator inside numerous nationwide and worldwide federations, has turn out to be the primary member to symbolize Thailand within the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.
The IVHF introduced its induction class of 2023, to be honored on October 21 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the United States of America. The history-making class spaning an unlimited vary of accomplishments, experience, and volleyball historical past consists of six members throughout 4 disciplines who have been on the high of the sport of their respective class, setting the usual and making historical past en path to being honored with this prestigious recognition.
The thirty seventh IVHF Induction class consists of the next members: Olympic gold medalist and four-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser (United States, seaside male participant); two-time Olympic medalist and five-time FIVB World Tour Champion Larissa Franca Maestrini (Brazil, seaside feminine participant); three-time Olympic medalist and iconic setter with a twenty yr profession Katsutoshi Nekoda (Japan, indoor male participant); four-time Olympian and three time Olympic medalist Yumilka Ruiz (Cuba, indoor feminine participant); Olympic medalist and longtime skilled and National Team coach Silvano Prandi (Italy, coach); and Mr Shanrit Wongprasert (Thailand, chief).
Mr Shanrit, 79, was born on December 16, 1943 in Ban Pong District in Ratchaburi, Thailand. He had served as Zonal Vice President and Secretary General of the Asian Volleyball Confederation apart from being the Member of the FIVB Board of Administration since 1992.
In 2019, he was awarded the Olympic Council of Asia’s Merit Award for his excellent service to the event of sports activities in Asia and has held numerous positions inside the Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) over the course of his profession together with the TVA Honorary Life President.
He has helped set up and oversea the AVC competitions in indoor and seaside volleyball for the sustainable improvement of Asia and world volleyball alike.
Another Asian member profitable the award is Mr Katsutoshi Nekoda from Japan. He was a setter for the Japanese nationwide volleyball workforce from Sixties to 1980. He was a four-time Olympian and winner of three medals – gold on the 1972 Games in Munich, silver on the 1968 Games and bronze on the 1964 Tokyo Games.
He invented and popularized the ceiling serve, a serve the place the ball is hit up in direction of the lights within the ceiling making it troublesome to guage the touchdown. Additionally, he was named the Best Setter of the 1969 and 1977 FIVB World Cup and Best Setter on the 1970 FIVB World Championship and extensively considered essentially the most iconic participant on the dominant Japanese Men’s National Team on the time.
Also introduced are 4 particular award winners, acknowledged for his or her contributions to the IVHF or the game of volleyball itself. They embody the AVP (Court of Honor), the Homewood Suites Holyoke/Susan Concepcion (William G. Morgan Award) and outgoing American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Executive Director Kathy DeBoer (Mintonette Award). Also honored earlier in 2023 was Hector “Picky” Soto (Puerto Rico) with the Mayoral Award of Excellence.
“Since 1985, the IVHF has had the distinct honor of inducting the legends of our sport while recognizing them for their storied careers and numerous accomplishments,” mentioned IVHF President Steve Bishop, additionally the President of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. “This year we look forward to welcoming another amazing class of inductees, along with several very deserving special award winners. We cannot wait to create new memories with this 2023 class of award winners. So many of the world’s greatest volleyball athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and leaders have made the trip to Holyoke, MA, USA, the birthplace of volleyball, to have their names and plaques added to the Wall of Honor, and to experience the pinnacle moment as their name is called and their story is captured forever. We invite everyone to join us for this incredible celebration.”
The 2023 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will happen in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The occasion is open to the general public on a first-come, first-served foundation, and ticket packages can be found on-line at www.ivhf.org.
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