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Referees on track for Rio

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 7, 2016 – FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President in charge of the Refereeing Commission Mr Andre Meyer updated the Board of Administration on the preparation of the FIVB referees for the Olympic Games.

Sixteen of the world’s best beach volleyball referees assembled in the Brazil Volleyball Training Centre in Saquarema in March to kick start preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics. After their two-day seminar, the 16 Olympic referees were straight into action at the Rio Grand Slam at the same site where the Rio 2016 Summer Games will be played on Copacabana.

“The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Referee Preparation Seminar is part of the vision by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° to continue to develop and improve all aspects of the sport of volleyball and beach volleyball,” Mr Meyer informed the Board. “In 2015, e-learning was the priority for referees to upskill themselves and to increase collaboration between referees around the world now we are focusing on personal preparation ahead of the biggest volleyball event this year.”

“This goes to show that the FIVB is focused not just on the athletes and the event in terms of professionalizing the sport but the officials are equally important. With the Challenge System also being implemented, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be the best officiated Olympic ever.”

Olympic referees who attended the seminar were Daniel Apol (United States), Giovanni Bake (South Africa), Djamal Bergheul (Algeria), Davide Crescentini (Italy), Mário Ferro (Brazil), Lucie Guillemette (Canada), Elzir Martins de Oliveira (Brazil), José Maria Padron (Spain), Charalampos Papadogoulas (Greece), Kritsada Panaseri (Thailand), Jonas Personeni (Switzerland), Roman Pristovakin (Russia), Carlos L. Rivera Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Juan Carlos Saavedra (Columbia), Osvaldo Sumavil (Argentina) and Lijun Wang (China).

There will be further seminars taking place for both volleyball and beach volleyball referees leading up to the Olympics, including the World Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Japan and the World League Preliminary Round Turkey G2 and Preliminary Round Poland G1 and WL & World Grand Prix G1 Finals for volleyball.

Meanwhile, the Board approved the Rules of the Game Commission’s proposal to make the Four-Ball system standard in FIVB beach volleyball events and to delete Rule, which allows the line judge to signal if a player is not in the court at the moment of the service hit.

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