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Eyes of the world on Asia ahead of Tokyo 2020

 
FIVB President Graça (centre), with (from left to right): Jizhong Wei, FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President, Sakon Wannapong, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, AVC President Saleh Bin Nasser and TVA President Somporn Chaibangyang.
Bangkok, Thailand, November 15, 2017 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° addressed delegates at the 22nd Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) General Assembly today, highlighting the importance of the next three years in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Volleyball and beach volleyball were two of the most watched sports at Rio 2016, and President Graça is determined to achieve the same result for the next Olympic Games. Speaking on the opening day of the General Assembly, President Graça outlined his vision for the development of volleyball and beach volleyball in Asia.



“The whole world will turn their eyes to Asia ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which provides a fantastic opportunity for the FIVB and entire volleyball family to stage another successful event,” he said.

“I believe that we have a great chance to create a legacy for our sport in the region, developing both beach volleyball and men’s indoor volleyball.”

During the speech, President Graça also explained the FIVB’s current strategies, which include the highly anticipated Volleyball Nations League and FIVB Nucleus Project, as well as expanding on the potential opportunities for National Federations in Asia over the next three years and beyond.



Also at the event was Mr Sakon Wannapong, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, who welcomed delegates from 47 National Federations to the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre Hotel at CentralWorld in Bangkok. The Thai capital has been home of the AVC headquarters since 2014, when it moved from Beijing, China.


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