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The FIVB Board of Administration looked towards a
bright future for Volleyball after a number of progres-
sive proposals and presentations at the 2008 Board
meeting in March, with all decisions made during
the working session being forwarded for approval
at the 31st FIVB World Congress in Dubai on June
16-17, 2008.
FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta welcomed all mem-
bers to the new state-of-the-art boardroom in Lausan-
ne where they discussed a range of topics including
how to increase the number of local players in lea-
gues, successful Anti-Doping controls, a new Mikasa
ball for the Olympic Games and dates and places of
future events.
Club players coming from
other National Federations
The Board discussed how to limit the number of fo-
reign players playing for clubs in order to protect the
national identity and culture of each team.
However, the Board later reversed the decision after
the recommendation of the Legal Commission and
the analysis of the legal conflict with European and
other countries’ labor laws. The FIVB encourages na-
tional federations to do their utmost to ensure local
players are used at clubs as much as possible.
Sanctions for Clubs
It was proposed and approved that if a club either
does not pay a player’s salary or refuses to pay a pla-
yer who is representing his/her country in the natio-
nal team during an FIVB competition, then the FIVB
will not sanction the club’s future transfer activity,
meaning the club will not be able to engage players
coming from other national federations.
Successful Anti-Doping Controls
It was reported that there were no positive doping
cases at all in 2007 among the 39 tests for men and
31 tests for women. The overall percentage of positi-
ve cases in testing for use of performance-enhancing
drugs throughout the Volleyball world was less than
1 percent (one of the lowest percentages in sport).
New ball for the Olympic Games
A newly designed ball, with the same weight, pres-
sure and dimensions but with a revamped technical
composition that includes indentations on the surfa-
ce, was approved for use for the very first time at the
Beijing Olympic Games.
Development Centers
The Development Commission reported on Centers
in Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain, India, Thailand,
Barbados, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Indo-
nesia and new Development Centers in Argentina,
South Africa and Nigeria. It was approved that every
National Federation will be required to establish a
Development Center and then obtain FIVB recogni-
tion for the center.
New Media
It was announced that the new official FIVB website
(www.fivb.org) was to be launched in June 2008 fea-
turing a host of improvements.
Elective Congress
The Board approved by consensus to move the Elec-
tive Congress to the year of the Olympic Games to
avoid conflict with personnel and potential rule
changes.
Rules of the Game
Proposals were advanced for new Volleyball rules,
including not to fault players who make contact with
the opponent’s court with any part of the body above
the feet.
Chad
The FIVB Board acknowledged the Chad Federation
President’s decision to take the Federation out of the
Olympic Movement by dropping its affiliation to the
FIVB.
Asian Schools’ Projects
FIVB Board Member Mrs. Rita Subowo announced
the start of an initial construction of schools in Thai-
land in five provinces as part of a US $3 million
project after the tsunami tragedy in Asia. Construc-
tion sites were visited by the FIVB and Mondo and it
was estimated that the first schools with Volleyball
courts will be ready in April.
Accounts Report and Balance Sheet
The FIVB made a complete reorganization of its ac-
counts and is ready to follow new requirements of
Swiss accounting practices, managing budgets in the
most accurate way. An external audit conducted by
Ernst & Young confirmed the healthy financial situa-
tion of the FIVB.
Other topics of discussion and proposals included
the FIVB investment portfolio, donations to the FIVB
and issues pertaining to the 2010 World Champion-
ships, Beach Volleyball, World League, World Grand
Prix and the Club World Championships, among
others.
Board of
Administration
meeting
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