PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 31, 2015 – FIVB
President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° praised
the personal qualities of Douglas Beal, who opposed him during
the last elections of the volleyball governing body in 2012,
saying their friendship is now stronger than ever.
“We were opponents three years ago but I always considered him
and still do a true gentleman and a loyal opponent in every
sense of the word,” Dr.
Graça said before having a separate meeting with the CEO of USA
Volleyball during the morning session of the XXIII NORCECA
“We have no rancor to each other after competing for the
presidency and have remained good friends,” Dr. Graça said. “I
really appreciate the support Doug Beal has shown to my
initiatives as president of FIVB.”
The FIVB President specifically made reference to the “9 Goals”
long term strategic plan he launched recently during the World
Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, United States.
The 9 goals are part of a long term strategic plan developed by
President Graça and the FIVB to help direct the future work of
the federation and ensure it realises the sport’s huge global
potential. The initiative was devised through a collaborative,
internal process which looked at the main areas of development
and progress and was approved by the FIVB Board of
Administration earlier this year.
Beal, a former national team player and renowned coach, is one
of the members of the FIVB Board of Administration. He told Dr.
Graça that he has no intentions running again for the FIVB
They were seen chatting in frank camaraderie and amicably posed
for the photographers covering the XXIII NORCECA Congress. The
NORCECA Executive Committee and Board of Administration endorsed
Dr. Graça to continue as president of FIVB for a new term.
Dr. Graça presented the representatives of 41 National
Federations and Territories his strategic plan and objectives
1. To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC
rankings by 2020.
2. To reach 2 million users on FIVB Digital Platforms by 2016.
3. To increase the cumulative TV audience by 20% in 2016 and by
100% in 2020.
4. To sign 4 new global sponsors by 2020 with a goal of 10
million per year.
5. To grow the average FIVB annual income from 31 million to 66
million by 2020.
6. To have a competitive, effective and sustainable bidding
process by 2018 for all FIVB main events.
7. To make available a TV or internet feed for FIVB key events
to all 221 National Federations by 2016.
8. To increase the number of licensed/ amateur players by 2018.
9. To become the number 1 sport that serves the needs of
humanitarian organisations in their programmes.