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"ThrowbackThursday" recognizes anniversary of FIVB Constitutional Congress

Representatives from 14 countries signed the Congrès International Constitutif in 1947
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 17, 2014 – The FIVB is celebrating the anniversary of its establishment, with a special “Throwback Thursday” on its Instagram social media account.

On June 18, 1947, representatives from 14 countries gathered in Paris, France to attend the FIVB Constitutional Congress, to adopt statues and rules of the game of volleyball.

Representatives from Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Uruguay, USA and Yugoslavia met in Paris under the leadership of France’s Paul Libaud to found the FIVB. Mr. Libaud, President of the French Federation, was also elected first President of the FIVB at the meeting.

Along with signing the constitution, which harmonized American and European rules of the game, the congress nominated two commissions: one for rules of the game, and the other for refereeing.

Paris was also established as the headquarters of the FIVB, where it remained for the first 37 years, until 1984 when Mexico’s Dr. Rubén Acosta took over the Presidency from Libaud.

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