Lausanne, Switzerland, December 10, 2015 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° acknowledged all the Confederation Presidents and their respective organisations for the open and transparant elections they all recently staged, during his opening address to the FIVB Executive Committee on Thursday.
"I was very pleased with all Continental Congresses. Each one of them was done with transparency and democracy. Everyone had the right to speak and the opportunity to ask questions, so we are running in the way of total transparency and democracy."
The Executive Committee members received an update on the 2015 budget by FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo, as well as a report on the FIVB portfolio by advisor Ney Brito.
The FIVB Sports Events Council President Mr Aleksandar Boricic reiterated Wednesday’s announcement of Italy and Bulgaria as the hosts the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2018, joining Japan who will host the women's edition. As the host of the women's edition of the FIVB’s signature event, the new Japan Volleyball Association President Kenji Kimura was introduced as a new co-opted member to the Executive Committee.
Mr Boricic also reminded the members that the World League and World Grand Prix in 2016 will feature the same format for the first time in order to fit inside a busy pre-Olympic Games calendar.
The Executive Committee also approved the proposal from the Sports Events Council to form a working group to work on a 2017-2020 calendar.
Following the success of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission President Mr Vicente Araujo and Beach Volleyball Events Director Angelo Squeo updated the members on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2017 bidding process where a number of candidates have expressed an initial interest.
The members also received an update on the Exhibition Hall, the 9 Goals Action Plan, which has included initial meetings amongst the different FIVB head office working groups, plus a presentation on a new FIVB headquarters structure, which now features 62 employees from 23 countries, aimed to streamline the organisation and take the FIVB into a new era.
The meeting was completed with the Executive Committee confirming that the next meeting will be held at the FIVB in Lausanne, Switzerland from April 12 to 13 followed by the Board of Administration meeting from April 14 to 15.