World Congress

30th FIVB World Congress to be held in Japan

Porto, Portugal, May 13, 2004 – After two days of fruitful discussion and decision making during the 29th FIVB World Congress in the Portugal city of Porto, Tokyo was unveiled on Thursday as the next host of the FIVB World Congress in October 2006 immediately before the 2006 World Championships.

FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta said the 29th Congress was “the most fulfilling he had attended,” going on to say, “the discussions and debates were lively and made for a very productive two days.”

He congratulated the President of the Portuguese Federation Mr Vicente Araujo for hosting a superb event as well as all the delegates who participated in an “excellent forum for discussion”.

The Portuguese secretary of youth and sports Mr. Herminio Loureiro also spoke at the closing and said “Volleyball and the Portuguese Federation provided a model for modernising sport and structures which is important for Portuguese sport.”

As well as the World Congress, the Portuguese Volleyball Federation will also be hosting this year a Volleyball Olympic Qualification tournament in Porto, a Swatch-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Espinho and the U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Porto Santo from September 15-19.

The end of the Congress was highlighted by the election of Mr Roberto Wilfrido Escobar Gonzalez from Paraguay and Mr Augusto Patricio Sandoval Carreira from Ecuador on to the FIVB Board of Administration.

While Gold Awards for 50 years affiliation to the FIVB were also presented by Dr Acosta to Austria, China, Israel and Spain while Angola, Faroe Islands, Liechtenstein, Mozambique and Rwanda were honoured with Silver Awards for 25 years affiliation.