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The premier annual volleyball event for women features
an unprecedented 20 nations competing for the top
prize – a reflection of the ever-growing number of
competitive teams from all five confederations. It is
clearly no exaggeration to say that this 21
st
edition of
the World Grand Prix is bigger than ever.
The increase in matches and participating teams
continues the trend established by theWorld Grand Prix
throughout its tenure. Since the first edition featured
eight teams in 1993, the World Grand Prix has been
expanded into a truly globalised event. Twelve teams in
action from 2003 to 2010 turned into 16 for the 2011
and 2012 editions that comprised 87 matches in nine
countries.
This year the World Grand Prix Finals will return to
Japan, long a bastion of world volleyball, for the
first time since 2009. The big finale will take place in
Sapporo, knowing full well it is in experienced hands
with Japan having hosted the World Grand Prix Finals
in Tokyo in 2009, Yokohama in 2008, Sendai in 2005
and Kobe in 1997.
Women’s volleyball has a very important role to play in
our global game with these modifications representing
how crucial it is that more countries are given the
opportunity to play at the top level. Coupled with the
new Under 23 World Championships Open, the steps
are now in place to capitalise on the popularity of the
immense potential of women’s volleyball.
Yours truly,
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
FIVB President
FIVB PRESIDENT’S
MESSAGE
WELCOME TO THE NEW LOOK WORLD GRAND PRIX