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Welcome to the first edition of the FIVB Yearbook,
which I am certain will become a book you will re-
turn to time and again as the source for all that took
place in the world of Volleyball in 2008.
FIVB Honorary Life President Dr. Rubén Acosta has
long supported the idea of an FIVB Yearbook and I
thank him sincerely for being the nucleus for this
project.
The FIVB Press Commission brought the idea to life
after confirming that, while the FIVB website is a
handy reference tool, it is sometimes faster to locate
information inside a compact and well-structured re-
ference book such as this.
So with great help from a multitude of sources, the
FIVB Communications Department planned and pro-
duced the volume you now have in your hands.
We hope you will find the information contained wi-
thin as interesting as it is informative, and are confi-
dent the Yearbook will be the trusted source for Vol-
leyball and Beach Volleyball facts and figures long
into the future.
The Yearbook is meant to be a quick reference tool
for fans and media alike, with greater emphasis on
data and results with fewer glossy photos that are the
hallmark of some of the FIVB’s other publications.
Without question journalists will find the Yearbook
indispensable to their work. Before beginning pro-
duction on the 2009 edition of the Yearbook, we will
await feedback from the media so we can introduce
improvements that are inevitable in this kind of pu-
blication despite the diligent work of a great number
of talented writers, editors and other people working
behind the scenes.
I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone
who helped make this volume possible, and thank
you, dear reader, for taking the time to use it.
Jizhong Wei
FIVB President
The year 2008 marked the end of an era for the FIVB
with the retirement of FIVB President Dr. Acosta after
24 years at the helm.
President Jizhong Wei took over following the Beijing
Olympics, vowing to build upon all the success of his
predecessor while also initiating a number of positive
changes.
Some of the most noticeable adjustments were a shift
at the FIVB to a more open and transparent organiza-
tional structure, closer and more mutually beneficial
ties with National Federations and the International
Olympic Committee, and a general decentralization
process that has seen Mr. Wei himself delegating grea-
ter responsibilities to the Executive Committee, Board
of Administration, FIVB Commissions and Councils,
Continental Federations and FIVB Secretariat.
The emphasis at the FIVB is very much on teamwork,
with the President actively welcoming advice, sug-
gestions and comments from inside and outside the
FIVB.
Financially, the FIVB is committed to maintaining its
exceptional standards while working smarter under
a balanced budget. As a non-profit organization, the
FIVB’s money is public money, and as such, every cent
earned will go back into promoting and growing the
game.
By embracing an attitude of mutual respect, under-
standing and friendly collaboration, the FIVB hopes
to facilitate great achievements across the Volleyball
spectrum, from the top competitions featuring some
of the world’s greatest athletes to the grassroots level
aimed at getting children involved in the sport.
An indispensable
reference guide
Positive change
for a positive future
President’s Intro
The FIVB