FIVB Year Book 2012 - page 4

The FIVB Year Book:
A pillar of the volleyball
establishment
In my new capacity as President of the
FIVB I am pleased to introduce you to
the 2012 edition of the FIVB Year Book,
a publication that has become a pillar of
the global volleyball establishment. I am
truly honoured to become only the fourth
President of the FIVB.
The year 2012 was a momentous year in
more ways than one, highlighted by the
Games of the XXX Olympiad in London
and the 33
rd
FIVB Congress in Anaheim,
California.
PRESIDENT’S INTRO
The London 2012 Olympic Games have
been hailed as one of the most successful
ever, and within the volleyball family we
are justifiably proud of the part we played
in it. In a country with no great tradition
or knowledge of our sport, the crowds
flocked day after day to the historic Earls
Court and the iconic Horse Guards Parade
to watch volleyball and beach volleyball.
These Olympics were also the first to
benefit from the inclusion of countries
taking part in volleyball or beach volleyball
thanks to the Continental Cup, a key
component of the rich legacy that my
predecessor, Honorary President Jizhong
Wei, has left behind.
Within these pages you can read all
about both the Olympic Games and the
Continental Cup, as well as the other
events on the FIVB calendar. You can also
marvel at the wonderful images captured
by our FIVB photographers and scour the
results of every FIVB competition.
As the first democratically elected FIVB
President, I feel a special responsibility to
demonstrate the value of collaborative,
creative leadership. And I think we need
that to help us expand to new markets.
This Year Book is a vivid illustration of
volleyball’s health and growing stature
in the sporting world. I am sure you will
enjoy this book, and it is my sincere aim
that by the time of next year’s edition,
after my first year in office, both volleyball
and the FIVB will have gone from strength
to strength.
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
FIVB President
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As the first democratically
elected FIVB President, I
feel a special responsibility
to demonstrate the value
of collaborative, creative
leadership. And I think
we need that to help us
expand to new markets.
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