The Kosovo Volleyball Federation received a couple of high-profile guests this week. For the first time since the country’s independence, the President of the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV), Mr Giuseppe Manfredi, has paid a visit to the Balkan country, accompanied by CEV Senior Vice-President, Mr Renato Arena.
At the headquarters of the Kosovo National Olympic Committee (KOK), Mr Manfredi and Mr Arena were received by the heads of the Olympic movement in Kosovo, namely KOK President Ismet Krasniqi and Secretary General Besim Aliti. Both Krasniqi and Aliti expressed their gratitude for the visit and especially for the support provided to the Kosovo Volleyball Federation (FVK).
During their visit to the Kosovo NOC, Mr Manfredi and Mr Arena were accompanied by FVK President Bahri Gjinovci, Secretary General Valon Nikqi, and Board of Administration Member Halime Fetahu.
Mr Krasniqi spoke about the good relations the Kosovo NOC has developed with the Volleyball Federation, emphasising the importance of the cooperation being established by the FVK with the Italian Volleyball Federation.
On the other hand, Mr Manfredi said: “I did not come to talk much, but to work. Our best coaches from the youth division are here in Kosovo and will work with local young boys and girls. We do not talk much, we are not here to say too many words, but the words we say, we are here to make sure they become reality.”
After the meeting with the heads of the Kosovo NOC, Mr Manfredi and Mr Arena, continued their visit to the Balkan country as per the previously agreed agenda.
On Thursday, a cooperation agreement between the National Federations of Kosovo and Italy was signed at the NOC headquarters in Pristina (click here for further information).