Lausanne, Switzerland, January 19, 2017 – In another sign of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)’s determination to find the optimum solution for players, clubs and national teams, FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° welcomed representatives from eight of the top national volleyball leagues from around the world to the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne for an historic two-day workshop to discuss the international volleyball calendar and how to maximize the promotion of volleyball and its stars around the world.
The meeting participants include FIVB 1st Executive Vice President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 2nd Executive Vice President Aleksandar Boricic, who are both part of the FIVB Sports Events Council Working Group dedicated to the International Volleyball Calendar topic, FIVB Secretary General Fernando Lima, FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo and FIVB Volleyball Events Director Gabrielle van Zwieten plus representatives from the volleyball leagues in Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia and Turkey.
It is the first of several meetings with the sport’s stakeholders which will help to confirm short and long term calendars for world volleyball and create real value for the sport.
A part of the two-day meeting this week will also be attended by representatives from global sports management company IMG.
The FIVB continues to take steps to modernize and streamline its competitions in a golden period for volleyball on the heels of the successful Rio 2016 Olympic Games and on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria and the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan next year key events in that process.
Highlights of the 2017 international volleyball calendar include the FIVB Volleyball World League and FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships and six Age-Group World Championships.