The Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and Mikasa Corporation have entered a new contract to make Mikasa’s indoor and beach volleyballs the Official Game Balls of all the FIVB events until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Mikasa Corporation has supplied equipment for the FIVB since volleyball was first included on the Olympic Programme at Tokyo’s first Olympic Games in 1964 – making this contract signing a celebratory occasion at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne after first being signed in 1985.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça and President of Mikasa Corporation Mr. Yuji Saeki met together ahead of the occasion to reflect on their long-term relationship and spent time anticipating the FIVB’s exciting plans for a major 2015 season in the lead up to the Olympic Games in Rio next year.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça said:
“I am delighted to be renewing our partnership with Mikasa today. President Yuji Saeki and his company have been loyal partners for the FIVB since volleyball’s debut as an Olympic sport at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo so it is wonderful that our organizations are teaming up again for Tokyo’s next Games in 2020.
“Mikasa has always shared the FIVB’s commitment to providing the finest possible service for our athletes around the world. In sport it is so important to know that you are working with the very best in the industry and Mikasa are the leaders in ball technology which helps us ensure a more and more spectacular game every season. I look forward to continuing our great relationship with Mr Saeki and his team for many years to come.”
President of Mikasa Corporation Mr. Yuji Saeki said:
“Mikasa Corporation is exceedingly honored to have renewed its contract with the FIVB and wishes to continue to provide people of all ages and nations a world-class product. We pride ourselves on providing players with a product which can help them develop their volleyball skills and further promote this fantastic sport all over the world.”