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FIVB limits Presidential term

There are a total of 210 out of 220 FIVB national federations, including 13 proxies, represented at the 2014 FIVB Congress in Sardinia
Cagliari, Italy, October 31, 2014 – The FIVB Congress has limited FIVB Presidents to serving a maximum of two terms (an initial term of eight years followed by a four year term) after the 34th FIVB World Congress approved a proposal from the Legal Commission to bring the Constitution in line with the International Olympic Committee in Cagliari, Italy on Friday.

With 210 of the 220 member federations represented at the Congress in Sardinia, the amendment was passed with 157 votes, more than the two thirds majority required.

The previous rule allowed a FIVB president to stay in power for an unlimited amount of time, as long as he or she was re-elected every four years and was under the age limit of 75. The change will now see future presidents serve eight years in their first term before a potential re-election of a maximum four year second term.

Concerning the current FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, if he is re-elected in 2016 he will serve one more term of eight years having already served four.

The rule change is a result of an initiative taken already in 2011 by the (then) FIVB President and today Honourary Life President and advisor to the Board Mr Jizhong Wei, who had participated in the workings of the IOC for the adoption of the same rule. President Wei asked the Legal Commission to study the matter but the decision was postponed in view of the 2012 elective Congress, in order to enable the new administration to decide.

The decision enhances the transparency in governance the FIVB continues to strive towards and ensures a more frequent change in leadership, considering that the organization has seen already two Presidents serving multiple terms (Paul Libaud 1947-1984, Dr. Ruben Acosta 1984-2008).

The Congress also approved an amendment to clarify that the President is not included in the Confederation quota on the Board of Administration. The Board is formed by 29 members elected by the Confederations alongside two gender in minority positions and the FIVB President elected by the FIVB Congress.

The Legal Commission also clarified the role of the Executive Committee, with a proposal underlining their responsibility in the overall management of the FIVB and an enhanced role of event organisers by increasing the number up to four co-opted members, approved. It was also explained that there should be a minimum of two meetings a year with a new quorum requirement established, while the Executive Committee can now also adapt the Budget if needed alongside the Board of Administration. The Executive Group was also disbanded after remaining inactive for two years.

The 34th FIVB World Congress continues on Saturday with reports from the remaining Commissions.


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