The FIVB and NORCECA were deeply saddened to
learn of the passing of Mr Gavriel Kraus, who
was a former President of the FIVB Refereeing
Commission. He was 78.
Mr. Kraus was a respected and trusted member of
the Volleyball Family and served the sport for
many years. He was a true leader within
international volleyball refereeing.
The Israeli official was one of the top
international referees of his generation. He
represented Israeli Volleyball at the highest
level on the international stage even after
ending his career as a referee –holding
positions such as President of the FIVB
Refereeing Commission and member of the European
As a referee, Kraus officiated at some 200
international matches, including finals of the
European Cups, European Championships as well as
two World University Games.
The FIVB and NORCECA extend its deepest
condolences to Mr. Kraus’ family and friends at
this time of great sorrow.