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FIVB Gives IOC Congress Its Full Support

FIVB Executive Vice-President and IOC member Mrs Rita Subowo spoke on "Olympism and Youth" to the Congress (c)IOC/A. Meylan

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 6, 2009 – The President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Mr. Jizhong Wei has given the FIVB’s full support behind the IOC Congress’ approval of a set of recommendations focusing strongly on youth and athletes at the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark which concluded Monday.

President Wei, who attended the three day meeting with FIVB Executive Vice-President Mr. André Meyer and FIVB Executive Vice-President and IOC member Mrs Rita Subowo, said the FIVB is completely behind the IOC and its new direction aimed at the key players of sport.
“The FIVB, as an Olympic sport international federation, will closely collaborate with the IOC and the Olympic Movement to develop world sport in general but with obvious attention towards Volleyball and Beach Volleyball,” he said. “The FIVB invites all of its national federations to read and study the very important document titled ‘The Olympic Movement in Society’ and the FIVB Executive Committee will discuss the related recommendations during its up and coming meeting in November so that the FIVB is in unison with the IOC in making sure youth and athletes are a key priority.”

Mrs. Subowo, as one of the key speakers at the IOC Congress, spoke on "Olympism and Youth" to the Olympic Congress, which unanimously adopted The Olympic Movement in Society document which includes 66 recommendations such as; getting young people engaged in sport; better protection for athletes — medically, psychologically and after their sporting careers; taking full advantage of new digital technology; and to use the new Youth Olympic Games as a model for youth competition.

The document The Olympic Movement in Society can be found on the IOC website at the following address:

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Richard Baker - FIVB Communications Deputy Director
DD. +41 21 345 3535
Fax: +41 21 345 3545


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