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FIVB looks to future ahead of 2014 Congress

The future development of volleyball and beach volleyball is one of the main focus points of this year's Congress, with technology playing a key part
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 27, 2014 – A collective review of the dynamic modernisation of global volleyball over the past two years and how that success can be built upon for the continued betterment of the sport will be at the heart of the 34th FIVB Congress which begins in Cagliari, Italy on Friday.

The biennial meeting, which will be preceded by a one-day workshop for national federations in categories 1 and 2, will bring together 200 national federations and give them the chance to discuss the FIVB’s activities over the last two years and offer their thoughts on the future of the organisation.

Innovation for the future
The 2012 FIVB Congress in Anaheim, USA saw Dr. Ary S. Graça F° elected as the fourth FIVB President. Under the leadership of President Graça the organisation has seen rapid growth in the development of technological innovations which are now in use today.

However, whilst the last two years have set the pace for this evolution, the FIVB is continuing to make strides into new areas to constantly improve the sport. It is with this in mind that innovations such as the state-of-the-art LED net – recently on show at the Men’s and Women’s World Championship – are important to build upon.

The 2014 edition will not be an electoral one, with attention also focused on reports from all of the FIVB’s properties as well as ratifying decisions made by the Board of Administration and Executive Committee.

A dialogue for national federations
The Congress will be preceded by a one-day workshop for national federations in categories 1 and 2 with the theme “From vision to action”. The aim is to create an open dialogue between all member federations through collaboration. 

The previous workshop at the 2012 Congress included 159 participants from 146 countries and the goal for the 2014 edition is to better that number.

Key items on the proposed agenda include:
• Global development report overview from last two years.
• National Federation Strategic Report – opportunities and challenges.
• Development of competitions.
• Digital and social media 
• Managing innovation and change
• Working with government in schools
• Commercial aspirations and investment for the future

Sardinia and Volleyball
Whilst it may not be known for its volleyball history, Sardinia has been the starting point for many of today’s global stars.

Club side Tiscali Cagliari has seen some of the world’s top players compete on its court. In the past their roster has included accomplished players such as Paolo Torre, Puerto Rico's Hector Soto and a young Jan Stokr of the Czech Republic, the latter going on to win the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship later in his career for Trentino Volley.

The island has also hosted its fair share of tournaments, most recently a leg of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in the northern city of Sassari. Cagliari also welcomed the CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Final earlier this year and has also hosted three FIVB Beach Volleyball challenger events in 1999, 2005 and 2006.

FIVB World Congress History

Date                                     Location           N°delegates from NF (incl. Proxies)
1     18-20 April 1947                     Paris                14
2     12-18 September 1949           Prague             11
3     18-22 September 1951           Paris                23
4     14-16 November 1953            Bucharest         20
5     25-27 November 1955            Florence           23
6     7-8 September 1957              Moscow             30
7     2-6 October 1959                   Budapest          32
8     6-11 September 1961             Marseille          34
9     16-20 October 1964               Tokyo               46
10    8-10 September 1966            Prague             47
11    18-22 October 1968               Mexico             74
12    25-29 September 1970          Sofia                70
13    4-6 September 1972              Munich             81
14    9-10 October 1974                 Mexico             79
15    28-29 July 1976                     Montreal           77
16    29-30 September 1978           Rome              70
17    31 July - 1 August 1980          Moscow            84
18    29-30 September 1982           Buenos Aires    88
19    25-26 July 1984                     Los Angeles      90
20    5-6 September 1986              Prague             62
21    14-15 September 1988           Seoul               91
22    13-14 October 1990               Rio de Janeiro   101
23    21-22 July 1992                     Barcelona         110
24    23-24 September 1994           Athens             134
25    14-16 July 1996                     Atlanta             134
26    26-28 October 1998               Tokyo               139
27    2-4 August 2000                    Seville              156
28    21-23 September 2002           Buenos Aires    177
29    12-13 May 2004                     Porto               168
30    23-25 October 2006               Tokyo               196
31    16-17 June 2008                    Dubai               184
32    9-10 September 2010            Rome               195
33    19-21 September 2012          Anaheim           196


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