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FIVB and leagues wrap up historic meeting in Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2017 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graca F° and FIVB staff completed an historic two-day meeting on Friday with representatives from eight of the top volleyball leagues in the world at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland where fruitful discussions were held concerning the international long-term volleyball calendar and the creation of real value for the sport by maximizing the promotion of volleyball and its stars around the world.

The promotion, growth and expansion of volleyball around the world is a key goal of the FIVB and this meeting was a significant first step in optimizing the international volleyball calendar with additional meetings planned for the future.

The talks covered a wide range of subjects impacting national and international volleyball calendars including the promotion of the sport to the widest possible audience and competing with other sports for television coverage, helping sponsors create value around the sport and ensuring player welfare is at the forefront of any calendar discussions.

The representatives from Brazil (Brazil Superliga), China (Chinese Volleyball League), Italy (Italian SuperLega), Japan (Japanese V.Premier League), Korea (Korean V-League), Poland (Polish PlusLiga), Russia (Russian Super League) and Turkey (Turkish Volleyball League) discussed issues specific to each of their markets ranging from travel times between different time zones to difficulties harmonising national and international calendars.

Joining President Graça from the FIVB were 1st Executive Vice President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 2nd Executive Vice President Aleksandar Boricic, who are both part of the FIVB Sports Events Council Working Group dedicated to the International Volleyball Calendar topic, FIVB Secretary General Fernando Lima, FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo and FIVB Volleyball Events Director Gabrielle van Zwieten.

The information gathered during the meeting will now be made available to the FIVB’s Executive Committee and Board of Administration for further discussion. The International Volleyball Federation will also continue to firm up short and long term calendars for world volleyball in a series of meetings with the sport’s stakeholders.

With major milestones for the sport to prepare on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria and the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan next year, the FIVB continues to modernise and streamline its competitions with the goal of making volleyball the number one family sport entertainment in the world.

Competitions to look out for in 2017 include the top annual competitions for men’s and women’s national teams – respectively the FIVB Volleyball World League and the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix – the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, which will take place in Japan in September, the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships and six Age-Group World Championships.

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