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Dr. Graça congratulates Thomas Bach on IOC appointment


Lausanne, Switzerland, September 11, 2013 – FIVB President, Dr Ary S. Graça F° has congratulated Thomas Bach after he was elected ninth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the extended volleyball family I would like to congratulate Thomas Bach on his election to this important post,” said Dr. Graça who was in Buenos Aires for the IOC Session. “I know that he will do well as President as he has all the necessary skills to navigate the IOC to a bigger and better future.”

“I look forward to continuing the partnership between the IOC and the FIVB and to seeing the sport of volleyball flourish in future editions of the Games,” said the FIVB President.

The FIVB and the IOC have enjoyed a particularly close partnership since 2010 when the FIVB increased its efforts in development and innovation following the launch of the outstandingly successful beach volleyball qualification tournament the Continental Cup. The tournament culminated in the 2012 Olympic Games where beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade – and volleyball at Earls Court - were both impressively popular. In fact the sport of beach volleyball made headline news around the world as the top 10 of the best Olympic moments on the IOC website.

After taking office in September 2012, FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° was also appointed to the IOC’s Sport for All Commission created by in 1983 in response to the growing public interest in sports practice, health, fitness and physical activity.

Bach beat off rival candidates Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrión (Puerto Rico), Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), Denis Oswald (Switzerland) and Ching-Kuo Wu (Chinese Taipei) to succeed President Jacques Rogge whose 12-year term in office ended with the closing of the Session.


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