Havana, Jun 3 – Cuba mourned main volleyball coach Eugenio George, buried on Sunday, June 1, at the capital´s Cristobal Colon Cemetery.
“We did not pay our last respects to someone with a common history; we paid last respects to a sports hero, who shared wisdom, experience and tranquility until the last day of his life, former volleyball player Mireya Luis said.
The former captain of the so-called Morenas del Caribe (the Cuban women’s volleyball team), world champions of this discipline in the late 20th century, recalled that George had the intelligence to come back again after each setback.
Since early Sunday, volleyball players from many generations, coaches from many disciplines, leaders of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Educations and Recreation (INDER), and friends went to the funeral home to pay their last respects.
George died on Saturday night at the age of 81, a cancer victim. He left a rich volleyball history, was chosen as the best coach of female teams in the 20th century by the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation).
The renowned coach led the teams that consecutively won gold at the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996), as well as gold in the world championships in Russia (1978) and Brazil (1994), and silver in Czechoslovakia (1986).
Source. Prensa Latina