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FIVB President meets with African NOCs to develop Volleyball

Rabat, Morocco, August 25, 2019 - After his successful speech to the African National Federations, FIVB President Dr. Ary S.Graça F° spoke to the African National Olympic Committees (NOC), IOC members and Sports Ministers in Rabat, Morocco, about their role in boosting volleyball throughout the continent. The ANOCA President, Mustapha Berraf, also attended the presentation alongside over 70 African sports officials.

In his speech, the FIVB President emphasised the growth and success of volleyball through the development of its events, including the launch of the Snow Volleyball World Tour, as well as sports presentation at the FIVB Volleyball World Championships and the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

“At Rio 2016, we introduced a number of technological innovations, including the Challenge System, which benefits athletes, officials and fans. With the implementation of DJs, announcers, atmospheric lighting and sound systems, we have changed the role of spectators, from passive viewers to active game participants,” President Ary Graça said.

“We have seen that, over the last two editions of the Olympic Games, volleyball and beach volleyball have become two of the most popular sports on the programme. This is a result of our efforts and I fully expect this trend to continue in Tokyo, the birthplace of Olympic Volleyball.”

Volleyball’s Challenge System allows teams to review decisions made by the referee or line judges. During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 159 out of a total of 399 challenges were successful and the utilisation of this technology has continued at all major FIVB events.

“We set the standard for the others; we were the pioneers among other International Federations. At Tokyo 2020, you will see more of it in other sports.” President Ary Graça said.

The FIVB President thanked the African sports officials for continued support as the FIVB continues to promote volleyball and beach volleyball in Africa.

“The FIVB is constantly looking at new opportunities to grow our sport within this great continent. We need to work together for the best of volleyball in Africa, and I look forward to our continued partnership in achieving this goal.”

Dr. Ary Graça also praised the performance of the young Gambian men's beach volleyball team, Sainey Jawo and Babou Jarra Mbye, who had won the gold medals at the African Games earlier that day in a spectacular match against a team from Morocco.

After the presentation, the FIVB President answered numerous questions from the African sports leaders, followed by an FIVB-hosted dinner.

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