President Graça addresses future sports leaders in Sochi
President Graça presented the FIVB new corporate governance principles and development strategy and held a Q&A session with 27 students from different 14 countries who are studying on the inaugural Master in Sport Administration (MSA) course at RIOU, one of the key Sochi 2014 legacy projects. Graça joined a prestigious list of high-profile guest lecturers including IOC President, Thomas Bach; EOC President, Patrick Hickey; IIHF President, René Fasel; and Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko. Graça covered a wide range of current topics including the innovation and entertainment expansion he is leading at the FIVB, how the FIVB is embracing changes in sports industry technology, and the ways in which this can benefit the wider Olympic Movement.
Brazilian Graça, who was elected as FIVB President in September 2012, told the students that the FIVB aims to continue taking a central role in the Olympic Movement with thought leadership and best practice that can be passed on to the next generation.
After addressing the students President Graça said: “As President of an International Federation, it is my role to help ensure the next generation, the sport leaders of tomorrow, receive the best possible education.
“I was honoured to share my knowledge, experience and opinions with the MSA students today, and it was a privilege to be invited by Professor Belousov, RIOU’s Rector, to their state-of-the-art campus in the centre of Sochi. RIOU has a key role to play in shaping the legacy of the Sochi 2014 Games, and the FIVB is looking forward to future collaboration between our two sporting establishments.”
RIOU was founded in October 2009 and its flagship MSA course is unique in sports education. The 10-month course is structured to mix the latest sports management teaching with practical experience of working with organisers at major sports events, such as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. RIOU is also the guardian of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games Archive.
RIOU Rector, Professor Lev Belousov, said: “We are delighted that President Graça has joined us today for a presentation and a Q&A session with our MSA students. As the students are now halfway through their course, they are very well informed about the industry, and the Q&A has been a great opportunity for them to test what they have learnt with President Graça. We are grateful to President Graça for his honest and professional answers. His participation, as an international sport leader, has been very valuable to us.
“I have no doubt that, under the direction of President Graça, volleyball has an exciting and innovative future ahead.”
President Graça attended the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, which concluded earlier today, and has several further important meetings lined up before departing the Black Sea resort on 11 February. His busy schedule is part of the FIVB’s strategy to attend as many Olympic events as possible in 2014. The aim of this is to represent the sport globally and to promote volleyball not just as a summer sport, but as a core Olympic sport, and a valuable partner and resource for the entire Olympic Movement.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° with Professor Peshin of the Russian
International Olympic University