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Key changes to Constitution highlight opening day of FIVB Congress

The FIVB Congress welcomed special guests President of the Italian Olympic Committee Giovanni Malago and Sardinia Advisor for General Affairs Gianmario Demuro - pictured here with the FIVB Executive Committee
Cagliari, Italy, October 31, 2014 – The time a FIVB President has in office was limited to two terms on the opening day of the 34th FIVB World Congress in Cagliari, Italy, bringing the federation in line with the International Olympic Committee. The amendment to the Constitution means future FIVB presidents will face re-election after eight years. If they are voted back into office they can then only serve a further four years.
FIVB limits Presidential term

Earlier in the day FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° oversaw the opening of the event – which included a record number of participating national federations (210 out of 220 national federations represented including 13 proxies. The previous record was 206 at the 2012 Congress in Anaheim, USA) – alongside Giovanni Malago, President of the Italian Olympic Committee who conveyed his high praise for volleyball, commending the sport for its “universality and gender parity” and “use of technology.”
Giovanni Malago praises universality and gender parity in volleyball

In his presentation to the Congress Dr. Graça focused on the achievements of the FIVB over the last two years and spoke of measures put in place to enhance transparency and good governance, and of the positive impact of these measures on the federation's relationship with the International Olympic Committee. He also discussed E-Learning and project management tools as well as recent innovations in the sport and the success of the Continental Cup in breaking into new territories, adding that he looks forward to overseeing the continued development of volleyball worldwide. "This is truly a golden moment for our sport. We can only achieve this together,” he emphasized. “Thank you for your trust, thank you for your confidence. It is truly an honour to serve you and serve our great sport."
“FIVB sets new standard” – President Graça

Delegates also approved the plans and budget for a new Hall of Fame at the FIVB Headquarters presented by 2nd Executive Vice President in charge of the Finance Commission Mr Andre Meyer. They also signed off the FIVB Accounts and Finances 2012-2013 in the second vote of the meeting after earlier unanimously approving the minutes from the 2012 Congress which took place in Anaheim, USA.
Plans for FIVB Hall of Fame gallery given green light

Proposals were also heard from the TV and New Media Commission including exciting plans to eventually establish an in-house production unit at the FIVB. The Commission also suggested adapting the layout of volleyball courts to bring fans closer to the action. The Press Commission also received approval on a proposal to establish separate Press Commissions in each of the five Confederations. President Hiroshi Takeuchi explained that these commissions would offer consultation on a range of media issues and help support the Confederation press officers.
Exciting new media plans outlined at Congress

The 34th FIVB World Congress continues on Saturday with reports from the Development, Technical, Coaching, Medical Commissions as well as updates on beach volleyball, sports events and Rules of the Game. Delegates will also here from the Confederations who will focus on future projects and volleyball development on their continents.
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