FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta Hernandez
November 14, 2005 – TOKYO: Administrators and officials ! must maintain their discipline and follow the rules if Volleyball is to retain its lofty status within the sports world. This was the message from FIVB President Dr. Ruben Acosta to delegates at the general technical meeting for the World Grand Champions Cup 2005 in Tokyo on Monday afternoon.
Dr. Acosta said it was vital for the sport’s administrators to function professionally behind the scenes so that Volleyball continues to be respected for its off-court organization.
He began his address by stating the viewing figures from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. “During the Olympic Games, after reports by the International Olympic Committee, Volleyball obtained the highest rating in the world,” he said.
“3.5 billion watched our sport, and we had more viewers than athletics, football, swimming and gymnastics. It was the first time it happened in the history of Volleyball and the Olympic Games, and we are very proud to be part of the Volleyball family.
“But in this family we need discipline and to respect the regulations and the principles.”
Earlier in the day it had been revealed that two of the six teams for the women’s Grand Champions Cup had not paid their entry fee.
“Four teams respected the rules and two teams did not,” added Dr. Acosta.
“It is not the amount, it is the principle.”
Dr. Acosta said Volleyball had worked hard to impose discipline and rules among its members, and this had contributed to the rise in popularity it now enjoys around the world, especially from TV stations.
“We always deliver what we promise, and in this competition all the teams will have a certain amount of prize money for the national federations which is to recognize their activities in obtaining a place in this World Grand Champions Cup,” said Dr. Acosta. In return, he said, the federations must respect the rules and regulations of the FIVB, in order to keep the sport moving forward.