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2016 FIVB Referees’ Evaluation meeting praises excellent work of volleyball referees

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Referee Preparation Seminars was the initiative of FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 23, 2016 - The 2016 FIVB Referees’ Evaluation Meeting, hosted at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne on Friday, praised the inaugurual Rio 2016 Olympic Games Referee Preparation Seminars, which are part of FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça’s vision to continue to develop and improve all aspects of volleyball.

The meeting, led by FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President in charge of referees Mr Andre Meyer, also acknowledged the enthusiasm and dedication of the volleyball and beach volleyball referees throughout the year and reviewed the overall Referee Support Programme developed by the FIVB that includes both psychological and technological support to the referees as well as providing them with the access to the e-learning platform launched in 2015.  

The Referee Support Programme included seminars that were held for both volleyball and beach volleyball referees leading up to the Olympic Games - at the Rio Grand Slam and Hamburg Major for beach volleyball, and World Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Japan, the World Grand Prix Group 1 Finals and World League Group 1 Finals for volleyball.

FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President in charge of referees Mr Andre Meyer (centre) with FIVB Sports Events Director Gabrielle van Zwieten (right) 

Mr Meyer said: “The FIVB’s officials play a huge role in the continuous evolution of our sport.  The Referee Support Programme is a great initiative that has already shown its importance at many events including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where both volleyball and beach volleyball were signature events.

“With the new technology such as the Challenge System being introduced into our sport, our primary goal is to help improve the quality of our refereeing and we are committed to preparing our referees more than ever before. We are going to continue developing the Referee Support Programme to help our referees become even more proficient in the ever-changing world of sports.

"This programme was so successful, it is set to continue in the coming years in order to prepare future groups of referees in the same way."


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