FIVB President reflects on the growth of Beach Volleyball
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 1, 2011 – The
vertiginous growth of beach volleyball in recent years is due to
three factors, according to FIVB President Jizhong Wei.
In a press conference held in Santo Domingo, Wei pointed out the
three basic reasons for the popularity gained by beach
volleyball: 1) the work done by the National Federations, 2) the
investment made by FIVB and 3) the condition of the sport being
both competitive and recreational.
“Beach Volleyball and Volleyball are two different disciplines
and the players have different characteristics but both have one
thing in common: the fans are the same in both sports,” he said.
“It is the task of our National Federations and the Continental
Confederations to maintain the growth of both sports which can
co-exist together under FIVB,” he added.
He also said his major achievement thus far as President of FIVB
has been “correcting the mistakes of the past. And thanks to the
National Federations, the Continental Confederations and my team
of work, I have not made serious mistakes.”
During the one-hour meeting with the local media, Mr Wei made
reference to the anti-doping educational program of the FIVB,
the development plan of the institution and the financial
assistance to the 220 affiliated National Federations throughout
the Continental Confederations.
“We need to keep our sport clean and we have done that thanks to
the effort of the players, coaches and the National
Federations,” Wei stated. “Also, we follow strictly the code of
the World Anti-Doping Agency to test our players in and out of
“We need to share our incomes with all the National Federations
but we also need these National Federations to take more
initiatives and not depend only from FIVB and the governments
but also from their respective societies,” he said.
“The necessity of developing and expansion of our sport means
that we did not do enough in the past,” he said. “We need to
improve our capacity of marketing and get world sponsors.”
During the press conference Mr Wei was accompanied by Mr
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 1st Executive Vice
President and president of NORCECA, FIVB 2nd
Executive Vice President Mr. Theofanis Tsiokris and FIVB
Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Andre Meyer.
FIVB vice president and Board of Administration members Marta
Centeno de Sajche, Douglas Beal and Mushtaque Mohammed attended
the press conference as also several members of the NORCECA