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Medicine Congress to benefit all, says FIVB President

FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei said that attention should be focused on injury prevention and not only treatment

Bled, Slovenia, January 14, 2010 – FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei said that the first FIVB Medicine Congress, currently taking place in Bled, Slovenia, would benefit all those involved in both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

The Congress, which started on Wednesday and will run until Saturday, is the first of its kind for the sport's governing body and welcomes medical experts from all over the world. The main points set to be discussed are the prevention of injuries as well as the FIVB's ongoing efforts with Anti-Doping education.

"All these academic and expert papers should benefit coaches, players and administrators," Mr. Wei said. "How to do this is to summarise the important conclusions in a very simple and understandable way in order for all to understand. This means our work can be shared."

Around 150 participants and 35 invited lecturers from 45 countries and all five continents were present on the first day of the convention and approximately 100 more were scheduled to arrive throughout Friday and Saturday.

Mr. Wei added that in order to reduce injuries in the sport it was important to look at ways to prevent them, a main focus of the Congress. "Our attention should be concentrated in prevention, not only treatment," he said.

During the first day of the Congress the FIVB awarded its inaugural Sport Science Award to Dr. Jonathan Charles Reeser, M.D., PhD for his contributions to Volleyball. Dr. Reeser, who has dedicated most of his life to the sport, responded with modesty after receiving the award in front of his peers.

"I am very proud, but I don't know, if I truly deserve the award," he said. "There are many other people equally as deserving. But I am pleased to complete one mission. I have always been passionate about Volleyball and it seems natural to want to find the interesting question that you don’t know about, so to do that in Volleyball is my favourite thing and I hope to be able to continue doing it."

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