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Beach Referee Dan Apol passes away

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 18, 2016 – It is with deep regret that NORCECA Confederation informs of the death of USA beach volleyball referee Dan Apol after suffering a stroke while conducting a match in his native country.

The international referee community is in shock with this sudden loss and grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual and outstanding member.

Mr. Apol twice participated as referee in the Olympic Games and in many FIVB World Tour tournaments as well as at Pan American Games and NORCECA Circuit.

“He was a great referee, a great human being and a great friend,” said Jose Ramón Perez Vento, president of the NORCECA Refereeing Commission. “He was a great one among the greats.”

Needless to say we are under shock with this sudden loss,” said veteran referee Andre Trottier. “On behalf of all us I would like to express my condolences to all my USA friends, especially to his wife Bonnie and to all our NORCECA referees. We have lost both an amazing referee but also a dear friend.”