Morocco's Olympic icon opens Board of Administration meeting


FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° shares an FIVB appreciation award with IOC member and FIVB's special guest Nawal El Moutawakel

Marrakesh, Morocco, May 4, 2017 – Morocco’s noted Olympic gold medallist and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Nawal El Moutawakel opened the FIVB’s Board of Administration meeting on Thursday, encouraging members to make bold decisions that will take the sport of volleyball to new heights. 

“The sport of volleyball is dear to us all and it has taken giant steps in Morocco and at the Olympic Games,” said El Moutawakel in her opening address. 

Nawal El Moutawakel won the inaugural women's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics

El Moutawakel recognised volleyball’s and beach volleyball’s coming of age at the Rio Olympic Games, viewed from her position as Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games where she led a 17-strong, multinational team of men and women to monitor the progress of preparations. Joining her at the meeting was the Vice President of the Morocco National Olympic Commitee and a representative from Morocco's Ministry of Youth and Sport.

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IOC President Thomas Bach, also addressed the Board of Administration through a video message, which reiterated the strong relationship between the two organisations. “You can always count on the IOC as your partner,” said President Bach. “Together we can make the world a better place through sport.”

The opening proceedings also provided Board members an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding results of the IOC Report on Rio 2016. The results provided further evidence of volleyball’s progress towards becoming the world’s number one family sport, listing volleyball as the most watched sport at the Games, its success in near perfect tickets sales for both disciplines and its appeal to young audiences. 

IOC Report on Rio 2016 – key figures

• The total viewer hours of volleyball and beach volleyball at Rio 2016 was double that of London 2012, with volleyball listed as the most watched sport at the Rio Games, with 2,634,677 viewer hours. 

• Volleyball received 9.8 million site visits, on the official Rio 2016 website, compared to the average sport’s 6.6 million.

• The overall enjoyment score for spectators who attended volleyball and beach volleyball was 9.4 out of 10, and 93% of volleyball spectators and 94% of beach volleyball spectators rated their experience at matches as ‘Enjoyed it very much’ (scoring 8, 9 or 10 out of 10) in the Post Games Research.

• The IOC Report noted 97.9 % of all volleyball tickets were sold, compared to 75.4 for the average sport. 

• Volleyball appears to be more appealing than the average sport to a younger audience, with an interest score of 6.83 out of ten compared to 6.00. 

• Post Games, the top three aspects for volleyball were how entertaining the sport was to watch (93%); feeling safe and secure at the venue (93%) and ease of understanding and following the competition (92%). Beach volleyball delivered almost identical results, with the top 3 aspects being how entertaining the sport is to watch (92%); quality of the sport (91%) and ease of understanding and following the competition (90%).

About the FIVB: The FIVB is the governing body responsible for all forms of volleyball on a global level. Working closely with its 222 National Federations and private enterprises, the FIVB aims to develop volleyball as a major world media and entertainment sport through world-class planning and organisation of competitions, marketing and development activities. The FIVB is recognised as the sole competent authority in volleyball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), contributing to the success of the Olympic Games.