F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 05.05.2003

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FIVB Board of Administration Decision in about three weeks on World Grand Prix

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 5 - The International Volleyball Federation's Board of Administration will decide in about three weeks on the eventual outcome of the 2003 World Grand Prix, the most important annual event for women on the international Volleyball calendar. The World Grand Prix, which carries prize money of $1 million, has always been hosted in Asia, however the fate of the competition this year is being closely considered in the light of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in that region. The FIVB President, Dr. Rubén Acosta will decide whether to relocate part, or the entire tournament. The decision will be made after consulting with the FIVB Medical Commission and on the latest advice issued at the time from the World Health Organization (WHO). "We will act responsibly and be guided by expert advice from our Medical Commission and by advisories from the World Health Authority," said President Acosta. The event is this year scheduled for the second half of July and the first half of August.


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