Dear Friends and Colleagues
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing on of Mr. Gershon Rorich of South Africa. Death
has robbed the African and World Volleyball family of a great man who distinguished himself as a
player, a coach, and an administrator.
Gershon had an illustrious career spanning over 3 decades. He captained one of the most successful
South African Men’s volleyball teams which were one of the continental powerhouses. He also was
one of the pioneers of African Beach volleyball and the story of the success of African beach
volleyball cannot be written without mentioning his name. He represented South Africa at the 2004
Athens Olympic games.
Gershon was also a tactician and a mentor who groomed many athletes past and present and was
always ready to share his knowledge and experience. Mr. Rorich also served as a member of the
CAVB beach volleyball commission and supervised several African beach volleyball competitions and
helped many African national federations in setting up their beach volleyball systems.
On behalf of the CAVB Board, staff, and the entire African Volleyball family I would like to extend my
heartfelt condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief, and
we stand by them in these difficult times.
MAY HIS DEARLY DEPARTED SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Bouchra HAJIJ (Mrs)
FIVB Executive Vice President