Page 6 - 2011 Year Book

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Reaching a consensus in Lausanne
The 2011 FIVB Board of Administration
was held over three days in Lausanne in
early April with FIVB President Jizhong Wei
emphasising in his opening remarks the
need to implement the decisions taken at
the 2010 World Congress in Rome.
President Wei further insisted on collective
leadership in order to build the FIVB’s
future together and repeated the point
that he was only a transitional President,
wanting to ensure a smooth handover for
the next FIVB President to start his or her
Key decisions in the meeting included a
new formula for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball
With a developing society,
new problems emerge
which need new solutions
World Championships; an updated
qualification system for volleyball at the
2016 Olympic Games; the choice of
Poland as host for the 2013 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships; and the
election of Anaheim, USA as the host
city of the 33
FIVB World Congress,
scheduled for September 2012.
2014 FIVB Volleyball World
On the second day of the meeting the
Board confirmed that a new formula for
the 2014 FIVB World Championships
would incorporate quarterfinals in the
event for the first time since 2002. The
new formula, for both the women’s
and men’s events which are due to be
held in Italy and Poland respectively,
will see 23 of the 24 teams go through
the qualifying process, with the host
country the only confirmed entrant (the
defending champions were previously also
guaranteed a qualification spot).
The 24 teams will be spread across four
pools of six teams playing in a round-robin
system, with the top four teams advancing
to a second round of preliminary matches
featuring two pools of eight teams. The
top four from each pool will then advance
to the quarterfinal phase. The Board also
decided to maintain the same number
of vacancies per continent for the 2014
World Championships as per the 2010
2016 Olympic Games
The updated qualification system for
volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will mean that the
12 Olympic vacancies per gender are