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The FIVB Board concluded a successful two weeks of
Lausanne, May 21, 2007- During the past two weeks, the 2007 session of the highest governing bodies of the FIVB composed of members from 35 countries was successfully held in Lausanne with the reports on the 2007-2008 competitions’ calendar starting with the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and World Championships, the Volleyball World League, Women’s Grand Prix, Junior World Championships in Morocco for men and Thailand for women, Youth World Championships in Mexico for both boys and girls and special reports on the November World Cups in Japan and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
At the proposal of the FIVB President, the Board adopted a totally new approach concerning the infringement of Rules and violations to the Code of Conduct. Under this new concept the
President’s powers to suspend FIVB members for actions or attitudes contrary to the FIVB
Regulations are delegated to an independent Disciplinary Committee, who after hearing the facts from the member considered at fault, may recommend or not the application of a sanction which only the Executive Committee or the Board will be authorised to apply.
Concerning technical and sport assistance, the Board decided to increase funding to Zonal
Associations aiming at increasing international participation in regions not yet involved in
Continental Championships. The yearly financial support was increased drastically by 50%. Also the emerging National Federations will be supported with sports material and technical assistance for development programmes.
The growth and positive development of the Beach Volleyball SWATCH FIVB World Tour was a
highlight of the meeting this year with a record 35 events and USD 8,750,000 in prize money.
The World League’s success in signing major new TV networks for the 2007 season and the
improved image of its new branding has been revealed, which is excellent news indeed.
Facing the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Olympic qualification for Beach Volleyball and
Volleyball was given special attention particularly the detailed reports on the qualification process, taking place from 1st January 2007 to 20th July 2008. The Board was also informed of the state of advancement of the work aiming at preparing the Olympic Volleyball and Beach Volleyball venues, especially the most spectacular 12’000 seat Beach Volleyball venue being built in the exclusive area of Chaoyang Park and the 20’000 seats for the Beijing Capital Stadium for Volleyball and the 12’000 seats for the 2nd Volleyball Stadium.
The FIVB Board congratulated the Asian Confederation for the impressive report concerning the Tsunami Reconstruction Programme which is well under way for the 18 schools with Volleyball courts; 8 in Indonesia, 5 in Thailand, 4 in Sri Lanka and 1 in the Maldives, which will be finished by the end of this year, and 1st Executive Vice-President and head of the task force Mr. Jizhong Wei will personally ensure that they will be ready and operational at the end of 2007.
Underlining the aim to consolidate FIVB assets now that the Swiss justice has fully supported the actions of the FIVB President and has left the conflicts in the past, the FIVB President, Dr. Rubén Acosta H., concluded the meeting by stating: “We must go on seeking to improve Volleyball’s TV broadcasting, multiply efforts in favour of National Federations in need, and enhance the entertainment value of our sport to remain an example of quality in venue presentation, public attendance and athletic image. I promise you once more that for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball the best days are still to come”.
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