Page 9 - 2011 Year Book

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The Development Commission, which was
one of nine different FIVB Commissions
to meet during the month of January,
reflected on a ground-breaking year
for FIVB development in 2010 –
headlined by the introduction of the
FIVB Development Fund and the Beach
Volleyball Continental Cup. The FIVB
invested more in development during
2010 than any other year in its history
by allocating financial resources totalling
$3.7m to the FIVB confederations to help
national federations. The Commission also
received positive feedback concerning the
successful national federation workshop
held on the eve of the FIVB Congress in
Rome, which was streamed live on the FIVB
website while all participating federations
received a DVD. Reports were received on
the Volleyball Cooperation Programme,
Mass Volley, Volley All Festivals (where
425,000 children and youth participated),
the Asian Schools Project and Volleyball
at School as well as from the 12 FIVB
Development Centres.
Commission meetings
The Medical Commission meeting was
held in Bled, Slovenia one day prior to
the inaugural FIVB Medicine Congress.
Educating athletes about Anti-Doping laws
was high on the agenda following the
success of the FIVB’s “We Play it Clean!”
programme. The FIVB provides the online
education tool to reach out to a high
number of athletes and team support
personnel and all those competing at the
2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championships
were asked to complete the programme
before being awarded an Anti-Doping
certificate. The Commission confirmed that
in the coming year the FIVB would focus
on educating beach volleyball athletes
and team doctors further. Additionally,
there were plans to test more players
out of competition in 2011 following
extensive testing as part of the programme
in 2010. The Commission also looked at
the extensive data that was collected for
the FIVB’s Injury Surveillance and Heat
Stress Monitoring Programmes. These
programmes, as well as medical controls of
referees, had been developed to safeguard
the health of athletes and FIVB officials.
The Press Commission welcomed its
new president Hiroshi Takeuchi, a long-
standing member, who replaced Michel
Henault who stood down from the
position in 2010. The Commission met in
the second week of January and reflected
on the many improvements in the FIVB
website as well as the FIVB publications
which have an increased emphasis on
statistics. The Commission proposed to
further develop the readership of the bi-
monthly VolleyWorld magazine by having
it published online in English, French,
Spanish, Arabic and Russian whilst being
printed in English. This decision was
approved by the Board, adding Portuguese,
and implemented later in the year. The
members also unanimously endorsed the
decision to further promote and continue
the successful Young Writers for Young
Players project throughout the year with
a particular focus on the Youth and Junior
Volleyball World Championships.