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FIVB President in key development talks in Saudi Arabia

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° with HRH Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. The FIVB President is in Saudi Arabia for intensive talks with sports officials over the development of volleyball in the country.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 13, 2014 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° met with His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz (President General of Youth Welfare (Ministry of Youth and Sport), President of the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee and IOC member) in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as part of a four day tour of intensive meetings on the development of volleyball throughout the Asia Volleyball Confederation (AVC).

During the meeting, President Graça and HRH Prince Nawaf had the opportunity to discuss the progress of volleyball in Saudi Arabia as well as the details of a strategic plan for its continued development. President Graça also thanked HRH Prince Nawaf for his support for the growth of the sport of volleyball in the country.  

In another meeting with members of the Volleyball Federation of Saudi Arabia, President Graça talked about future projects to encourage the advancement of 5,000 active volleyball players in the country. A plan to develop beach volleyball in the country was also approved by the respective parties during the visit.

President Graça travelled to Saudi Arabia from Italy after attending Monday’s Drawing of Lots for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 and was welcomed by AVC President Dr. Saleh Ahmad Bin Nasser in Riyadh. The FIVB President also met with AVC officials before visiting the office of His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz.

The President is joined in Riyadh by FIVB 1st Executive Vice President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz - who is also the NORCECA Confederation President - and FIVB Treasurer Dr. Amr Elwani - who is the Africa Confederation President.

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