Beach volleyball future bright as FIVB meets with promoters
The FIVB went close to finalising the 2015 World Tour calendar with the promoters while also outlining the 2016 Olympic Games qualification process|
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 5, 2014 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) set out a clear line of terms and conditions with the promoters of its beach volleyball events following a ground-breaking Promoters Workshop held at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne on Thursday.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, who chaired the meeting, was pleased with the outcome of the workshop, especially being encouraged with the new landscape set for the world of international beach volleyball.
“This meeting was very important for the future of beach volleyball,” Dr. Graça said. “Beach volleyball has come a very long way since first being played on the beaches of California at the start of the 20th Century. We had the first World Championships in 1987, the first beach volleyball tournament in the Olympic Games and more recently the outstanding success of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
“The future is extremely bright. We have the new FIVB, which is improving in many ways through investment, innovation and technology. We are going to make the best World Tour ever and with the unified collaboration of our promoters we have a great future ahead of us.”
FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission President Vicente Araujo emphasised the great potential of further growth for beach volleyball. “The FIVB has a new vision and a new vision for beach volleyball. We have some key goals and want to achieve those goals thanks to the strong connection with the promoters and the national federations for the benefit of the World Tour and the beach volleyball overall.”
The Promoters Workshop, which included the attendance of representatives from AVP, featured presentations from the FIVB on its beach volleyball vision and main goals leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games as well as the growth and development across its digital, technology, commercial, marketing and TV platforms.
The FIVB went close to finalising the 2015 World Tour calendar with the promoters during the meeting while also outlining the 2016 Olympic Games qualification process, which will start in January 2015 and includes the 2015 and 2016 World Tour, the 2015 World Championships and the Continental Cup.
One of the key success stories consistently highlighted during the meeting was the Continental Cup, which has been responsible for the tremendous growth in beach volleyball in the past four years. Prior to its inception in 2009, 31 countries participated in the qualifying process for the 2008 Olympic Games. The inaugural edition of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup saw 143 countries participate in qualifying for London 2012. Already, 192 out of 220 member federations have registered to participate in the second edition of the Continental Cup, which starts later this month, including more than 50 host countries around the world, including Africa and Oceania.
The Continental Cup and the increase in the number of age group World Championships from two to four are cited as two key initiatives, which have provided great participation levels at youth level and added significantly to the burgeoning FIVB player base, securing the future of the sport and enhancing the quality of competition worldwide.