Dr. Adityan leaves legacy
for Asian volleyball
devoted all his life and time to volleyball. He made a tremendous
contribution to our sport and he led the Volleyball Federation of
India to a new development era. The FIVB will always be grateful to
him for his contribution.
We convey our heartfelt sympathies to his wife Mrs Malathi Adityan
and all family members.”
He first became an FIVB Board of Administration member in 1984
after he was voted in at the FIVB World Congress in Long Beach, Los
Angeles and he was then elected as FIVB Executive Vice-President in
the FIVB World Congress held in Tokyo in 1998. His last appearance
came at the 2012 Congress in Anaheim where he received the
honour of being named an Honorary Executive Vice-President.
During his time with the FIVB Dr. Adityan was an FIVB Executive
Committee member, member of numerous FIVB Commissions,
President of the Volleyball Federation of India, Life President of the
India Olympic Association and Vice President of the Olympic Council
of Asia (OCA).
The International Olympic Committee presented him with the Sports
and Study Award in 1987 and in 1995 the IOC conferred on him the
Olympic Order of Merit for his contributions to sports and education
in India.
It was with great sadness that the FIVB learned of the passing
of India’s Dr. Sivanthi Adityan. The FIVB Honorary Executive
Vice-President played an important role in spreading the
popularity of volleyball and beach volleyball around Asia and
looks at the legacy he leaves behind.
Whenever athletes walk into the multi-sport arena in Tiruchendur
on the south coast of India they will see the name of Dr. Sivanthi
Adityan, the man who helped fund the impressive facility that
gives athletes of all ages the chance to enjoy sport in a modern,
comfortable arena.
It was just one of the various initiatives that Dr. Adityan funded in
his native India to give young people the chance to enjoy all sports.
As President of a media empire that included newspapers, radio and
television he was happy to use his wealth for the benefit of young
Of course, as a volleyball man through and through, he ensured
that his favourite sport was the first to be played inside the hall and
there continue to be a stream of young athletes who enjoy volleyball
thanks to his funding.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° led the tributes after Dr. Adityan
died aged 76 following a long struggle with illness, “Dr. Adityan