Albania's Volleyball family sends message of unity on Independence Day
News from the National Federations
Tirana, Albania, November 29, 2012. As the country celebrated this past Wednesday the hundredth anniversary of its independence, the Albanian Volleyball Federation joined this special moment by organizing a series of ad-hoc tournaments starring the best teams from the national arena. All players showed incredible motivation to join these events not only in order to claim another trophy for their personal showcase, but especially to pay the right and deserved tribute to their homeland.
The women’s tournament was played at “Ramazan Njala” sports hall in the city of Durres and was eventually claimed by Tirana that downed UMB Volley in straight sets in the final match. The men’s competition was played at “Fahrie Hoti” sports hall and did prolong the long-lasting rivalry opposing Studenti and Teuta. Teuta eventually claimed the final with the score of 3:1 but the attached photo portraying players of both sides clearly shows the message of unity and friendship associated with this special competition and a day of major importance for Albania. The same venue played host to a tournament specifically addressed to youth teams, with Farka Volley and Partizani finishing atop of the charts after they edged – always in straight sets – Tirana and Dinamo in the finals of the boys’ and girls’ division respectively.
“This was a very special moment for our Volleyball family. All teams we had invited were absolutely ready to join the competition as they wanted to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Albania’s independence” says Leonard Tase, Secretary General of the Albania Volleyball Federation. “We are very proud of what we have achieved in our history, especially since Volleyball has always played a very important role in this country. Volleyball is indeed one of a very few sports where Albania has claimed good results on the international stage” he concludes.