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President completes important SportAccord visit

A beach volleyball demonstration on the Mediterranean coast played a key part to the FIVB's presence at SportAccord in Belek, Turkey
Belek, Turkey, April 9, 2014 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° completed a pivotal visit to the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey where he met with IOC President Thomas Bach and many other key dignitaries.

President Graça held a “very fruitful“ meeting with the IOC President on Tuesday where he had the possibility to discuss the latest developments in the world of volleyball and how volleyball can continue to benefit the Olympic Movement.

That meeting followed the ASOIF general assembly while on Wednesday, President Graca also participated in the IOC Executive Board meeting with the International Summer Sport Olympic Federations.

President Graça was also popular with the local and international media, with the Anadolu Agency particularly interested in the President’s thoughts on Turkey’s chances to win the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, which will be held from September 23 to October 12, where, in the presence of the Turkish Volleyball Federation President Mr. Ozkan Mutlugil, he congratulated the Turkish women’s team for their recent results and for the hard work they have provided over the past 12 years.

The FIVB’s presence in Belek was highlighted by a beach volleyball demonstration on the Mediterranean coast. The demonstration consisted of a 40-minute demonstration match followed by a 30-minute game where Turkish international athletes, Selçuk Şekerci and Murat Giginoglu, and German international athletes, Eric Koreng and Finn Dittelbach, teamed up with members of the media and some SportAccord delegates. This inclusive event demonstrated that beach volleyball is a truly entertaining and exciting sport both to watch and to play, and the FIVB had offered the delegates a taste of the spirit of volleyball in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The SportAccord Convention, which ends on Friday, is a six-day annual gathering of over 2,500 leading representatives from international sport. It encompasses the Congress and General Assemblies of the IOC, ASOIF and AIOWF whose members consist of 108 International Sports Federations (IFs) and Associate Members. 


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