Algiers, Algeria, December 3, 2015 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graca F° presented his three year of evolution and achievements at the top of the international volleyball governing body and thanked the African countries for their great support during his presidency after the opening of the CAVB Congress at Hilton Hotel on Thursday.
"We started our mission under the titles of credibility and transparency. Everything went with giving opportunities and open the way for innovation. E-learning was one of the most important programmes we started, so everyone in the whole world can learn at home without bearing any cost."
"Communication with the IOC has returned thanks to a strong relationship and now we are doing our best to transfer to category 1 amongst the Olympic sports," added Dr. Graca.
"We started one of our most successful plans which was the beach volleyball Continental Cup. We had 142 countries take part in the London Olympic Games qualifiers and the number improved to 176 for Rio de Janeiro. From Africa we had zero participants in Beijing 2008 and we reached 35 in London 2012 and now we have 37 countries involved in the Rio qualifiers."
The FIVB President also showed the growth of the game through many parameters and the role of the new sponsors to develop the sport.
In presenting the nine goal strategic plan, Dr. Graça put forward the future of the sport, which had a sounding effect all over the world and was published by most of the media in the five confederations. The first goal is to move volleyball to group 1 in the IOC ranking and to reach two million users on the FIVB digital platforms by 2016. The third goal is to increase the cumulative TV audience by 20% in 2016 and 20% in 2020.
Dr. Graca added his fourth goal to sign four new global sponsors by 2020 with revenue of $10m per year and to improve the average FIVB annual income from $31m to $66m by 2020. The sixth goal is to have a competitive, effective and sustainable bidding process by 2018 for all FIVB main events.
The seventh goal is to make TV available via the internet for FIVB key events to all the 221 national federations by 2016 and to increase the number of licensed players by 2018 through the development plan.
The last goal is to make volleyball the No. 1 sport that serves the need of humanitarian organisations in their programme.
The FIVB President presented the FIVB vision for Africa, especially towards considering beach volleyball as a perfect sport for Africa as it is suitable for the nature of African athletes. He showed that Africa has been granted four vacancies per gender at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and five teams per gender at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in addition to five teams per gender at all age group competitions. He concluded his speech with the FIVB aid to establish the African Dream Project.
Dr Elwani emphasised the point that African National Federations are now united in endorsing the FIVB President to continue in his post for another term to guarantee a brighter future for Africa.