Constructing the future
of our sport
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour got underway
recently and it was great to see that it will be as
competitive as ever.
With the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
taking place in Stare Jablonki in July the tournaments
in Fuzhou and Shanghai gave the players the chance
to build some early momentum and allowed many of
the new pairings to further build their understanding
at the very highest level.
The fact that there were completely different medallists
over the two competitions is very encouraging and sets
up the 2013 season as one that will be competitive to
the very end.
In volleyball we are approaching the start of the men’s
World League and women’s World Grand Prix, our
biggest annual tournaments. There are also World
Championships in various age-groups, so as we
reach the midway point of the year, there is plenty of
action to satisfy the appetites of even the hungriest of
volleyball and beach volleyball fans.
Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of being a guest
as the European Volleyball Confederation opened
their new headquarters and celebrated their 40th
anniversary in Luxembourg City.
The work that the CEV President André Meyer is
undertaking is an example to all the confederations
and I was delighted with the progress they are making
in taking volleyball and beach volleyball to the widest
What gave me greatest pleasure was to see and
be given a tour of the new CEV headquarters. It is
a fabulous building, designed for the benefit and
comfort of those that work there and with low energy
consumption it fits into our stated aims of ensuring
that volleyball does everything it can to lessen its
impact on the environment.
While we develop the players to ensure that volleyball
and beach volleyball are able to continue to grow as
sports, we must match that progress off the court too
by ensuring that the structure around them is the best
it can be.
05 / 2013
Brazil’s Talita Antunes da Rocha and
Taiana de Souza Lima were joined by
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson of USA
as two new teams to take out the
Shanghai Grand Slam honours.
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