World Congress

President declares new found
solidarity within FIVB

Porto, Portugal, May 14, 2004 – The FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta declared the FIVB has a new found solidarity amongst all of its 218 Federations during a press conference on Friday, following the 29th World Congress in Porto, Portugal.

Dr Acosta said the past two years had been a challenge in the face of a campaign of lies and deceit against himself and Mr. Seppey from the former President of the Argentina Federation Mr. Mario Goijman but now the FIVB has turned a page.

“The delegates arrived here with that in their mind,” Dr Acosta told journalists referring to Mr Goijman's crusade. “But when we opened the discussions all the proof was there that all the accusations were false and the change in attitude of the delegates confirmed the feeling that there was a common understanding and solidarity.

“From now on with everything behind us it must remain in the past and we must now look into future for the good of our sport.”

Dr Acosta was joined by FIVB General Manager Mr. Jean Pierre Seppey, Executive Committee members M. Vicente Araujo, Dr. Ary Graça, Sr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, Dr. Sivanthi Adityan, Prof. Hiroshi Toyoda as well as Dr Jean-Loup Chappelet, a professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, and Mr Yves Braunschweig from KPMG for the press conference.

Both Dr Chappelet and Mr Braunschweig were contributors to the FIVB’s recently published brochure Sports Money for Sport, which demonstrates how the FIVB has developed into one of the most successful international sports federations through a professional approach to sports administration and a policy of investing over 80% of the funds it raises directly into developing Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

It gives facts and figures about income and expenditure on sports activities over the last 20 years and explains the FIVB’s long-standing policy of paying commissions of up to 10% to those of its members (not paid officials) who successfully find and negotiate new sources of finance for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

Pic1: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta
Pic2: FIVB Press Conference
Pic3: Dr. Acosta receives the Osório Trophy for services to Volleyball from Portuguese Federation President and FIVb Executive Committee member M. Vicente Araujo