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Board of
The FIVB Board of Administration, chaired for the
first time by FIVB President Jizhong Wei, was held
in Lausanne early April. A number of decisions
were made and proposals discussed that were for-
warded to the FIVB World Congress for final deci-
sion in accordance with the FIVB Constitution.
Legal Commission
The FIVB Board of Administration decided to revise
the decision regarding limitations of ITC players
(athletes with an international transfer certificate)
on the court. This comes after the recommendation
of the Legal Commission and the analysis of the
legal conflict with European and other countries’
labour laws. The FIVB recommended National Fed-
erations to do their utmost to have local players in
club teams. Every National Federation has the right
to decide the composition of teams in their respec-
tive leagues and championships. It was also agreed
that the transfer of players inside a continent will
be handled by the Continental Confederation. The
two conditions for this are that all transfers are
registered at the FIVB and that the transfer fee is
shared between the FIVB and Continental Confed-
eration. Transfers between two different Continen-
tal Confederations are to be handled by the FIVB.
Beach Volleyball
The new Beach Volleyball Olympic qualification
system will designate Olympic berths to National
Federations instead of individual teams, giving
them the right to change players. There will be
a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup consisting of
three stages of continental qualifying organized
by the five Confederations from which five Olym-
pic berths will be available and a “World Cup fi-
nals” where a further two Olympic places are de-
cided. The FIVB will provide financial assistance
to ensure the new system is in perfect working
order from the very beginning. The 24 qualifi-
ers for each of the men’s and women’s Olympic
Beach Volleyball tournaments will be made up of
the 16 best teams from the SWATCH FIVB World
Tour rankings, the five winners (one from each
continent) of the continental phase of the FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Cup, the two winners of
the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup finals and
the one host country (if not yet qualified). The
two best teams not yet qualified from each of the
five continental qualifying stages will compete in
the FIVB World Cup finals (total of 10 teams). The
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup final stage will
be played June 25 to July 1, 2012.
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