Lausanne, Switzerland, 27 February 2002 - Argentinian President Eduardo Duhalde has declared of "national interest" the organization of the 2002 Men's Volleyball World Championship to be held in Argentina 28 September to 13 October.
The Presidential decree, which was published last Friday, stipulates that it is "necessary to organize an event of excellence which presents an optimal image and shows the organizing capacity" of Argentina.
The official text also underlines that such a competition which brings together 24 countries and which will be televised "in at least 130 countries" constitutes "an event which exceeds the sporting framework".
The Sport and Tourism National Secretary, Daniel Scioli, has created a national campaign to support the declaration under the slogan 'Stand Up Argentina'. Mr Sciolo will personally travel to the International Tourism Convention to be held in Berlin Germany to support the official tour operator of the World Championship, Turicentro S.A..
The decree, which carries number 305, also states that the Volleyball World Championship will assist in promoting the social, tourist and cultural values of Argentina to the world. It will at the same time allow for the construction of new sporting infrastructures and will support the promotion of activities related to the economy, transport and communication.
President Duhalde will personally receive a delegation from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) at the Rose House during its visit from the 8 - 16 March. The FIVB delegation is traveling to Argentina to inspect the competition sites in the six host cities (Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, San Juan, Cordoba, Santa Fé and Salta).
This special mission was decided due to the financial difficulties in which Argentina has been for several months and illustrates the concern of the FIVB with respect to the organization of the World Championship.
The delegation will have to obtain all necessary guarantees to ensure the smooth running of the event as well as security measures, reliability of transportation, quality of lodging and meals.