FIVB Year Book 2012 - page 5

A year of celebration
and change
When one looks back at 2012, there’s
no doubt it has been nothing short of a
banner year for the FIVB, with the election
of President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, the success
of the Continental Cup, the excitement of
the Olympic Games and the continued
grassroots development of volleyball.
At the 33
rd
FIVB World Congress held in
Anaheim, USA in September, the FIVB
democratically elected Brazil’s Dr. Graça F°
as its fourth president. It was the first
time in the federation’s history that three
candidates contested an election, closely
monitored by the Advisory Election
Committee. The Confederations also held
elections to appoint members to the FIVB
Board of Administration.
As the FIVB has grown from strength to
strength, so has the sport of volleyball –
as evidenced by the enthusiasm and high
THE FIVB
turn-out at the summer Olympic Games.
London 2012 served up a treat with Russia
clinching a first men’s gold medal in 32
years after pulling off a stunning come-
from-behind victory over Brazil while the
Brazilian women’s team made it back-to-
back Olympic golds with an outstanding
victory over USA. Earlier in the year,
the world number one Americans had
clinched their third successive World
Grand Prix title while the Poland men’s
team won their first World League crown.
In beach volleyball, the Continental Cup
came to a thrilling climax within each of
the confederations’ territories, qualifying
five countries for the Olympics Games
and two more via the World Cup Olympic
Qualification tournament.
USA’s Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh
emphasised their legendary status in
women’s beach volleyball by claiming their
third successive Olympic title in London,
while Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas
Reckermann gave Europe its first men’s
Olympic beach volleyball crown.
It wasn’t only a successful year on the
competition court. The FIVB development
programme, through such initiatives as
the Volleyball Cooperation Programme,
Cool Volley, Mass Volley and Olympic
Solidarity, remains a crucial element
behind volleyball’s increasing popularity
and rapid growth the world over. Working
with local and regional partners, the
FIVB was able to deliver 47 courses and
seminars totalising 1,418 participants in
2012.
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