In memoriam: former CEV President Georges Boudry
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Luxembourg, January 17, 2014. CEV President André Meyer attended last Tuesday the funeral service of the late Georges Boudry, a former CEV President (1979-1983) and a CEV Honorary President. Boudry had passed away on January 6, aged 86.
The Volleyball family was well represented at the church of Notre Dame de la Gare where many people got together to share their memories and close friendship with Boudry.
The delegation of the French Volleyball Federation wished to recall a statement given by Boudry in 2002 after France men’s national team won bronze at the FIVB World Championship in Argentina. “I dreamed about this, you achieved it” said Boudry to his friend and then President of the French Volleyball Federation, Jacques Shaw.
Boudry started his Volleyball adventure back in 1953; step by step he moved up from President of the Refereeing Commission to Secretary General of the French Volleyball Federation before assuming its presidency in 1973, holding that position until 1984. Via the support provided by Sports Minister Edwige Avice, Boudry could lead, inter alia, to the establishment – in 1983 – of the national Volleyball center in Montpellier.
Boudry also got the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion for the sport as member of the FIVB Sports Organizing Commission (1972-1979), as well as a Board of Administration member, Vice President and then President of the European Volleyball Confederation (1979-1983). Boudry was the man behind the establishment of the CEV Cup which provided in the early ‘80s more clubs with an opportunity to compete internationally.
A real supporter of the Olympic spirit and values, Boudry was also a Vice President of the French Olympic Committee (1977-1982) and during this tenure he attended the 1980 Olympics in Moscow as chef de mission of the French delegation.
As France played host to the 1986 Men’s World Championship, Boudry supported a very unconventional and revolutionary program for the national team to get ready for that competition. All members of the national team were invited to quit their respective clubs for 18 months to go on a permanent training camp. In the end, he had to accept a major disappointment as France unfortunately did not make the semis after losing 1:3 to Brazil though the home heroes were leading the way 14:7 in the fourth set and likely going to call for a tie-break.
Boudry continued to follow the development and progress of Europe’s Volleyball family also after his retirement and last year attended the celebrations for the CEV 40th anniversary that were held in Luxembourg City.
“Boudry was fond of Volleyball and of sport in general; for Boudry sport was all about the respect of rules, of your opponent, and of yourself” reads a statement of the French Volleyball Federation. “He wanted sport to be independent of any political influence and ideology. Boudry was a well-educated man for whom every journey was an opportunity to get to learn new things. He spent the last few years of his life trying to collect and collate as much information as possible about the history of international Volleyball organizations such as the FIVB and the CEV. He could not finish his work; that is something we will have to take up in order to accomplish the mission he had set.”
Once more, the prayers and thoughts of Europe’s Volleyball family go out to the relatives and friends of this modest man who will always be remembered as a real Volleyball visionary.
Picture: CEV President André Meyer and the late Georges Boudry portrayed together during the CEV General Assembly held in Madrid, Spain, in 2008 where the former CEV President received a golden CEV pin in recognition of his work for the European Volleyball family