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06 / 2013
Cover photo
Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego came
back from their Olympic defeat last year
to take the gold medal in the World
Cup Final.
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Arunima Sinha scales
new heights
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BIG PICTURE
World Cup Final
brings glorious end
to Continental Cup
Competition
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COVER STORY
World’s best set
their sights on Stare
Jablonki
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PREVIEW
Iron Hammer back
at Chinese helm
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IN FOCUS
Race on to for glory
at U20 and U19
World Championships
14
IN FOCUS
Clancy dreaming
of Rio sands
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PROFILE
FIVB President:
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
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AVC
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CAVB
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CEV
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CSV
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NORCECA
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CONFEDERATIONS
There have been big developments on and off the
court this past month.
In May I was in St Petersburg for SportAccord, an
annual meeting of sports stakeholders from around
the world. Even in my short time there it was clear that
Russia and its National Federation, to whom I presented
an Olympic memorial picture in recognition of its 90th
anniversary, retain a deep passion for our sport. We
look forward to the Moscow Beach Volleyball Grand
Slam reflecting this passion in August.
I was fortunate to meet Russia’s President Mr Vladimir
Putin, a fellow sports enthusiast. He and the Russia
Olympic Committee President, Alexander Zhukov
welcomed my plans for Russia to become the base to
help spread our sport around Eastern Europe.
I had similar positive discussions with Asia Olympic
Council President Sheikh Ahmad and Turkish Sports
Minister Suat Kiliç.
This month, Japanese car manufacturer, Honda Motor
Europe, became the first ever official partner for elite
volleyball and beach volleyball. This partnership is
significant as it will help take our sport to new audiences
and markets. We will work together to promote this
partnership and I am confident that Honda will be a
key partner in achieving our goals. I firmly believe that
Honda chose volleyball because it is a professional, well
led and organised sport and its brand awareness will be
enhanced through its association with our global and
youthful sport, which has strong family values.
This is the first deal I have signed since becoming
President and it marks the start of the FIVB Global
Partnership Strategy – part of a wider FIVB Partnership
Programme – to integrate a select few brands with
exclusive rights across all FIVB events.
Sadly, it was not all good news. I was shocked by the
untimely death of the Netherlands’ record cap holder
Ingrid Visser and her partner Louis Severein and my
condolences go out to their families, friends and the
Dutch Federation.
On the court we took another step forward with the
inaugural beach volleyball World Cup and the U23
World Championships. The World Cup, Confederation
Cup competitions and U23 Beach Volleyball World
Championships carry the same goal: to give more
countries the chance to play high level beach volleyball
while spreading the sport to non-traditional countries.
We feel we achieved these aims and I look forward to
developing the competitions further in future years.
Visser leaves happy
memories of Dutch
success
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FEATURE
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EDITORIAL