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FIVB President leads key TV meetings in Japan

Dr. Ary S. Graça F° met with TBS President Toshichika Ishihara (pictured third from left) at a meeting also attended by JVA President Taizaburo Nakano (pictured first from left) and FIVB First Executive Vice-President, Mr Cristobal Marte Hoffiz
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6, 2013 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° completed a three day meeting in Japan on Wednesday, where he consulted with the Presidents of three of the nations’ top broadcasters – Fuji TV, TBS and NTV.

Over the three day period, Dr. Graça met with Mr Takao Mizuta (Division President of the TBS Sports Division), Mr Toshichika Ishihara (TBS President), Mr Yoshio Okubo (NTV President), Mr Ken-ichi Hirose (Director General, NTV Sports Division), Mr Hisashi Hieda (Fuji TV Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), Mr Kou Toyoda (Fuji President and Chief Operating Officer) and Mr Masanari Funaki (Senior Executive Director, Fuji TV Sports Department)

The President held these meetings as part of a growth strategy to strengthen the relationship with the broadcasters to benefit volleyball and the development of the sport in the long term.

Volleyball is a hugely popular sport in Japan and during the meetings – organised by the Japan Volleyball Association – President Graça exchanged ideas and philosophies with the television dignitaries in an effort to firm up a volleyball cooperation and investment strategy for the purposes of promotion and legacy.

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