President declares new solidarity within FIVB
Porto, Portugal, May 14, 2004 – The FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta declared the FIVB has a new found solidarity amongst all of its 218 Federations during a press conference on Friday, following the 29th World Congress in Porto, Portugal.
Dr Acosta said the past two years had been a challenge in the face of a campaign of lies and deceit against himself and Mr. Seppey from the former President of the Argentina Federation Mr. Mario Goijman but now the FIVB has turned a page.
“The delegates arrived here with that in their mind,” Dr Acosta told journalists referring to Mr Goijman's crusade. “But when we opened the discussions all the proof was there that all the accusations were false and the change in attitude of the delegates confirmed the feeling that there was a common understanding and solidarity. More Spanish French
Pic: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta with the new FIVB publication "Sports Money for Sport"



30th FIVB World Congress to be held in Japan
Porto, Portugal, May 13, 2004 – After two days of fruitful discussion and decision making during the 29th FIVB World Congress in the Portugal city of Porto, Tokyo was unveiled on Thursday as the next host of the FIVB World Congress in October 2006 immediately before the 2006 World Championships. More French Spanish Pic: The Congress Hall in the Sheraton Hotel in Porto

FIVB votes to strengthen its Code of Conduct


Porto, Portugal, May 13, 2004 - The FIVB World Congress in Porto on Thursday voted to strengthen its Code of Conduct and to require all National Federations to integrate the FIVB Constitution and Code of Conduct into their own constitutions, and to require all clubs, officials and registered players to adhere to the code. It was agreed that FIVB rules and regulations should prevail in all cases and that in matters relating to Volleyball these should be accepted by national courts.
The FIVB Congress approved over 20 detailed changes to its Constitution and Code of Conduct including: More French Spanish Portuguese
Pic: Dr. Acosta speaks to the Congress




FIVB increases support for Development Centres
Porto, Portugal, May 13, 2004 - The FIVB announced on Thursday at its 29th World Congress an increase in support for its eight Development Centres in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Development Centres will be able to apply for additional funding for specific sports, medical and management programmes to develop Volleyball in their region. More French Spanish Portuguese


FIVB reviews and adopts financial policy
Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 - The FIVB Congress in Porto reviewed and re-adopted on Wednesday its key financial policies to increase revenue through: More Spanish French Portuguese

FIVB Congress gives vote of confidence to President Acosta and rejects charges against him

Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 – The FIVB Congress gave a vote of confidence to its President Dr. Rubén Acosta and re-approved the accounts for 2000/1. More Spanish French Portuguese

Portuguese President pays tribute to FIVB
Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 – The President of the Republic of Portugal Dr. Jorge Sampaio honoured the 29th FIVB World Congress when he delivered a message of goodwill in person on the morning of the first session in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday. Dr. Sampaio, speaking in front of the Volleyball family representing the 218 national federations of the largest sports federation in the world, expressed his conviction that sport is the ideal avenue for a better life and said the FIVB is a role model in this field. “In this present world, filled with tension, conflict and disquiet, in which rules sometimes seem to be ignored, we feel the need that sport continues to give us its message of fair-play, tolerance and universalism,” Dr. Sampaio said. “I am certain that the International Volleyball Federation pursues this aim and will be able to give a significant contribution.” More Spanish French Portuguese Pic: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta (right) and President of Portugal Dr. Jorge Sampaio

FIVB Congress officially recognises FE.V.A as new national federation for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in Argentina
Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 – The FIVB Congress officially agreed the affiliation of FE.V.A - Federacion del Voleibol Argentino - as the new governing body of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in Argentina on Wednesday. This followed an overwhelming vote to expel definitively the former national federation FAV, which had been suspended since May 2003. The FIVB President, Executive Committee members and delegates emphasised that this decision – and earlier efforts by the FIVB to resolve this issue – were taken to ensure the full participation of Argentinean Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in all international competitions.
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Pic: Dr Acosta listens to the President of the Asia Confederation Mr. Jizhong Wei



FIVB welcomes East Timor as 218th country
Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 – The South East Asian country of East Timor was welcomed into the international Volleyball family during the opening session of the International Volleyball Federation’s 29th World Congress in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday. More French Spanish Portuguese

Dr. Acosta appeals for continued advancement
Porto, Portugal, May 12, 2004 - The President of the International Volleyball Federation Dr. Rubén Acosta called for a collective effort in helping increase the interest in Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in his opening address at the 29th World Congress in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday. “We are very proud of what we have achieved in the 20 years since I was first elected President,” Dr Acosta said. “The FIVB has spent more than CHF350 million on sports activities and has now become one of the world’s top International Federations. More French Spanish Portuguese Pic: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta

 


FIVB issues special document reviewing its long-term investment in sport
Porto, Portugal, May 11, 2004 – The FIVB has prepared a special report “Sports Money for Sport”, which demonstrates how the FIVB has developed into one of the most successful international sports federations through a professional approach to sports administration and a policy of investing over 80% of the funds it raises directly into developing Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. The report includes contributions from outside experts and has been prepared for all delegates accredited to the Congress. It gives facts and figures about income and expenditure on sports activities over the last 20 years and explains the FIVB’s long-standing policy of paying commissions of up to 10% to those of its members (not paid officials) who successfully find and negotiate new sources of finance for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. More Spanish French Portuguese "Sports Money for Sport"

Executive Committee meets ahead of Congress
Porto, Portugal, May 10, 2004 – With two days remaining before the opening of the 29th FIVB World Congress in Porto, Portugal, the FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta met with the FIVB Executive Committee and the Presidents of the Confederations at the Congress venue, the Sheraton Hotel in Porto on Monday. All 14 members of the Executive Committee, the FIVB General Manager Mr. Jean Pierre Seppey and FIVB Controller Mr Franz Schmied were in attendance looking ahead to the two day Congress, which starts on Wednesday and includes an interesting agenda, featuring reports from the ten working Commissions and the four Councils (Sports Events, World League, World Grand Prix and Beach Volleyball) of the International Federation, as well as various proposals retained by the Executive Committee in Acapulco in January. More French Spanish Portuguese Pic: The FIVB Executive Committee in session in Porto
  
New Portuguese Federation Headquarters in Porto
Porto, Portugal, May 9, 2004 – The President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Dr. Rubén Acosta and Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport Dr. Herminio Loureiro opened the new headquarters of the Portuguese Volleyball Federation (FPV) in Porto on Sunday in the company of members of the FIVB Executive Committee and local dignitaries and celebrities including the Mayor of Porto Dr. Rui Rio, the President of the national Olympic Committee Commandant José Vicente Moura and among others former Olympic and world marathon champion Ms. Rosa Mota. More Portuguese Pic: FIVB President Dr. Acosta with Mrs Acosta and members of the FIVB Executive Committee