“We still have a great opportunity, especially with volleyball and beach volleyball set to be the two signature events at the Rio Olympic Games this year, to grow our sport, modernise volleyball and enhance its position as the number one family sport entertainment in the world. Volleyball’s worldwide appeal is on an upward trajectory with more fans, more sponsors and more dynamic, engaging content and events on offer than ever before.”
President Graça opened the meeting by emphasizing volleyball's new direction by providing an update on the status of the FIVB 9 Goals Project, which includes many significant targets over the next four years.
"With these goals in place, we will provide greater opportunities and exposure for our sport and our athletes and continue to develop volleyball," Dr. Graça said. "But we need the help of all member federations to achieve these goals."
The morning session of the meeting saw the Executive Committee approve the minutes of the Executive Committee and the Board of Administration meetings from last year before receiving a presentation of the 2015 FIVB accounts including the budgets for 2016 and 2017-2018 and a report from the FIVB Treasurer Dr. Amr Elwani who emphasised that the financial statements are presented in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations.
The Executive Committee also approved the Internal Audit report before receiving a report on the FIVB Exhibition Hall and as well an update on the FIVB activities planned at the 2016 Olympic Games.
The afternoon session saw Presidents of the FIVB TV & New Media, Press, Legal and Technical Commissions present their Commission's proposals for the approval to the Executive Committee and confirmation of the recommendations to the Board of Administration.
The Executive Committee meeting continues on Wednesday before the Board of Administration meets on Wednesday and Thursday.