FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and Fuji TV President and Representative Director Masaki Miyauchi
Tokyo, Japan, October 19, 2018 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°’s busy schedule continued this week as he met with key Japanese TV executives from NTV, TBS and Fuji TV, to discuss the future of volleyball and share the FIVB’s new mentality, which is based on the latest sports innovation and technology.
President Ary Graça held three separate 90-minute meetings; with NTV CEO Yoshio Ohkubo, TBS President Takashi Sasaki, and then with the new Fuji TV President and Representative Director, Masaki Miyauchi. The FIVB President was joined by the President of the Japanese Volleyball Association Kenji Shimaoka.
As well as discussing the FIVB’s current projects, President Ary Graça was enthusiastic about looking to the future. He shared with each president the great results from the first edition of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), and the huge success of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria. Both events delivered sold out stadiums, where sport and entertainment combined to appeal to fans all over the world, and the FIVB President talked passionately about the important role fan engagement will play in the future of volleyball.
President Graça heads the FIVB delegation visiting NTV
After the meetings President Ary Graça said:
“It was extremely important for me to sit down with leading Japanese broadcasters and talk with them about the new mentality of the FIVB. They have seen our desire for embracing digital transformation, through the partnership with Microsoft, the state-of-the-art technology and innovation we use at our events, our dynamic approach to sport presentation and utilising the Challenge System.
“I was delighted to offer our Japanese partners the opportunity to enhance their own presentation elements at future FIVB events held here in Japan, as I am sure the local fans would embrace these fantastic developments. Japan has a loyal fan base and a great volleyball tradition. It is important to use the success of the 2018 Women’s World Championship, continue the momentum and bring our new mentality to Japan.”
FIVB President Graça in meeting with TBS
The presidents of each of the broadcasting companies were extremely interested in the ideas developed by the FIVB and confirmed they would consider implementing these production elements at their own volleyball events in Japan. The FIVB President praised the long-lasting collaboration between the broadcasters and the International Federation, and expressed his enthusiasm for further dialogue to ensure the needs of all parties are met. Next on the President’s agenda is meetings with FIVB sponsors and other key stakeholders within the volleyball family.