Morocco welcomes world volleyball leaders
MARRAKESH, Morocco, May 2, 2017 – Members of the FIVB’s top two
governing institutions outside of the Congress are arriving in
Marrakesh, Morocco for the first FIVB Executive Committee and
Board of Administration meetings which run from Wednesday
through to Friday.
The FIVB Executive Committee meeting will take place Wednesday
followed by the Board of Administration meeting on Thursday and
Key items on the agenda include a review of the federation’s
progress and an assessment of its strategic plan for the years
ahead as it aims to become the world’s number one family sport.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said: "We are looking forward
to a busy and important week in Marrakesh. The FIVB Executive
Committee and Board of Administration meetings give us an
opportunity to review the progress of our federation and agree
the next steps to take our sport to the next level.
“We have made excellent progress but we know there is so much
more potential for our sport which has not yet been realised.
Our future has already begun and we must now take the right
steps to help us achieve our vision of becoming the world’s
number one family sport.”
The FIVB Board of Administration last met in December 2016, in
what proved to be a watershed moment for the organisation, with
several key decisions taken to influence the future direction of
Of note was the FIVB's move to regain full control of its media
rights and to concentrate activities around content production
and distribution, in conjunction with the confederations and
The Board of Administration also approved a series of procedural
checks and balances, to ensure a higher level of transparency
and financial control over the FIVB’s projects and investment
while instituting significant changes to its working structures
Coaches and Players More Involved
The Board of Administration also approved a new format for
Commissions which now have no more than 10 members in total – a
President, Secretary and eight members – to allow for easier
dialogue within the Commission and the FIVB Secretariat. The
Commissions lean on experts in the field for ideas and solutions
although only members are allowed to vote on proposals put
forward to the Executive Committee.
The Commissions, which met at the beginning of the year in
Lausanne, Switzerland, have also benefitted from the inclusion
of a number of current and former coaches and players.
They include the legendary Karch Kiraly, the only player to have
won Olympic gold medals in both volleyball and beach volleyball
and China’s volleyball icon, Lang Ping who made history at Rio
2016 for winning gold as player and coach.
Joining them on the Technical and Coaching Commission is current
coach of the Brazil’s women’s team, José Roberto ‘Ze Roberto’
Guimaraes, who has led his country to three Olympic gold medals
and Italian Giovanni Guidetti, who has taken the Dutch women’s
volleyball team to a silver medal in the 2015 European
Championships and fourth in Rio.
The wealth of experience they bring to the table and the
inclusion of ‘voices from the ground’ have gone a long way in
ensuring that choices made at the international level are
relevant and make an impact on the sport.
Brazilian volleyball star, Gilberto 'Giba' Amauri de Godoy Filho
will attend the meetings in Marrakesh in his capacity as
President of the Athletes' Commission, lending his experience
and voice to discussions on player issues.