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FIVB President lays out plans for volleyball growth in Africa

Rabat, Morocco, August 23, 2019 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S.Graça F° spoke to the African National Federations, Zonal Associations and some coaches in Rabat, Morocco on Tuesday about boosting the development of volleyball in Africa.

President Ary Graça was in Rabat for the African Games Opening Ceremony on Monday. He then spoke with the African volleyball family on Tuesday, emphasising the importance of their role in developing the National Team and creating volleyball idols.

“The National Federations should concentrate all efforts on developing the National Team,” President Ary Graça said. “The best way to attract kids and young people to volleyball is to create idols and a place to go to for learning to play volleyball. Then these kids and young people will come to the sport – to watch their stars and to play the game.”

The FIVB President spoke of his own experiences, both as a player, as Vice-President of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation (CBV) (1975-1997) and then as President of CBV (1997 – 2013) and President of the South American Volleyball Confederation (2002-2013).

In a speech to the National Federations, President Ary Graça talked about his journey, from working on a limited budget to creating Olympic champions.

The FIVB President also stressed the importance of patience and long-term planning, and reiterated the FIVB’s commitment to supporting the growth of volleyball and beach volleyball throughout Africa.

Since 2012, the FIVB has invested a huge amount of money into African volleyball. This includes support to the African Volleyball Confederation, as well as directly helping the National Federations.

A significant part of the investment has been focused on development. In the last two years (2017-2018), the FIVB accepted applications of support for 53 projects in Africa via the FIVB Development Project Platform. In 2019, 29 submissions from Africa were approved, for coaching and equipment support projects in volleyball and beach volleyball.

“We are continuing to invest in African volleyball and beach volleyball. But we must do it via projects, not ideas to ensure transparency and with positive results. The FIVB is here to support Africa and we look forward to working closely together in the coming years.”

President Ary Graça attended the spectacular beach volleyball matches, noting positive development of sport in Africa.

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