Mr. Katsumi Wakao passes away at 86


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 25, 2020 – It is with great sadness that NORCECA announces of the passing of Mr Katsumi Wakao, former FIVB Sports Events Council Member. He died of acute pneumonia on early Sunday morning, May 24 at the age of 86.


Wakao, a well-respected member of the volleyball family throughout the world, played a significant role in the development of volleyball worldwide.


At the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship, Mr. Wakao received the prestigious “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” Award from the Japanese Emperor Akihito for his achievements and work for volleyball.


“Mr. Wakao was a tireless worker who dedicated all his life to volleyball the sport he loved,” said Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA and First Executive Vice President of FIVB. “We all learned from his wisdom and accurate input. He will be missed.”


NORCECA would like to extend its deepest condolences to Mr. Wakao’s family during these very difficult times.