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06 Jan 2012
Japan NOC mourns loss of volleyball legend
Tokyo, Japan: The Japanese Olympic Committee is very sad to report the loss of Mr. Yasutaka Matsudaira, Honorary Vice President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). Mr. Matsudaira, who was 81, passed away on December 31 due to emphysema.
In a letter to the OCA President, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda said: “It is a great loss to the Japanese sports world and this news has spread nationwide through the Japanese media.
“Mr. Matsudaira’s big contribution to the advancement of sports through Volleyball has brought a phenomenon in Japan since the Munich Olympic Games. Since then he became a legend.
“I would like to pay my respects to his enormous achievement and, at the same time, hope that his valuable efforts will be handed down to posterity.”
The Japan Volleyball Association informed FIVB President Mr. Wei Jizhong and Volleyball friends all over the world of the sad news.
Mr Matsudaira was born on January 22, 1930, and was FIVB Honorary Vice President, Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Life Honorary President, Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Honorary Member and Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) Honorary Adviser.
In a press release, the JVA quoted a comment from Mr. Matsudaira, saying: “I did everything that I wanted to do in my life, and I have no regrets in my life.”
JVA President Taizaburo Nakano could not speak highly enough of Mr Matsudaira’s dedication and leadership.
“For many years he contributed greatly to the development of Volleyball not only in Japan but also in the world. He received respect from around the world as a wonderful leader.
“We are now filled with deep sorrow to lose the one and the only person like him. He was a treasure in the Volleyball world. We pray sincerely for the repose of his soul.”
The JVA is planning to hold a home-going service at the beginning of March in Tokyo and will announce details later.
Career in sports associations:
October 1982 – FIVB Executive Vice President
September 1994 – FIVB 1st Executive Vice President
October 1998 – FIVB Honorary Vice President
November 1985 – AVC President
June 1996 – AVC Life Honorary President
August 1989 – Japanese Olympic Committee Executive Board Member
April 1995 – Japanese Olympic Committee Vice President
April 1979 – Japan Volleyball Association Managing Director
April 1987 – Japan Volleyball Association Vice President and Managing Director
April 1989 – Japan Volleyball Association President
Career as a leader:
October 1964 – 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo / 3rd place (Coach)
October 1968 – 19th Olympic Games in Mexico / 2nd place (Head Coach)
September 1972 – 20th Olympic Games in Munich / 1st place (Head Coach)
Career as a player:
April 1954 – October 1960 – played in Senior Men’s National team
1958 – 3rd Asian Games / 1st place
Spring 1988 – the Medal with Blue Ribbon
Spring 2006 – the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
July 1982 – FIVB Distinguished Service Award
June 1996 – IOC Olympic Order (Silver Medal)
October 1998 – inducted into the Hall of Fame
October 1998 – FIVB Special Distinguished Service Award
December 2000 – FIVB 20th Century Men’s Best Coach Award
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