FIVB delegation visit Tunisia to discuss volleyball development

The delegation also attended the CAVB Women’s Club Championship 2022

The FIVB delegation recently visited Tunisia to discuss the development of volleyball in the country with the Tunisian Volleyball Federation (FTVB).

The delegation consisted of FIVB Executive Vice-President and Development Commission President Mushtaque Mohammed, FIVB Development Commission Secretary and Board of Administration member Mr Zdeslav Barač, FIVB Head of Technical and Development Department, Steve Tutton, and his colleague Hitesh Malhotra. African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Executive Director Gilberto 'Giba' Amauri de Godoy Filho also joined the delegation for various meetings.

FIVB delegation and CAVB Executive Director with FTVB President

The visit got underway with a meeting to discuss volleyball’s development in the country with FTVB representatives, including its President Dr Firas El Faleh and Technical Director Bassem Faurati. The delegation also visited several volleyball training facilities in Tunisia.

FIVB delegation with the Mayor of Kelibia City

In addition, a meeting was held with the Mayor of Kelibia City, Mr Jamel Hajjem, as part of the FIVB’s multi-stakeholder approach to development to ensure its support has maximum positive impact for the sport and its athletes.

FIVB Executive Vice-President and Development Commission President Mushtaque Mohammed said:

“All of our meetings in Tunisia were very productive. It is clear the country is eager to further develop volleyball and the FIVB looks forward to continuing our collaborative partnership to help the national teams reach their full potential. The National Federation’s commitment to begin focusing on beach volleyball by creating world-class training and competition facilities for future national team athletes in the Kelibia region is also clear to see.

“Tunisian volleyball has already benefitted from FIVB support with 12-months of coaching support being approved annually since 2019, as well as actively assisting the preparation of the team for the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup 2022 and FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships 2022.”

The support has helped elevate the men’s national team from rank 28 in 2019 to rank 14 in 2022.

FIVB delegation meets with Kenya Volleyball Federation President at 2022 CAVB Women’s African Club Volleyball Championship

Meanwhile, the delegation was also able to attend some matches of the 2022 Women’s African Club Volleyball Championship which was being held in Kelibia, Tunisia. This also served as an opportunity for the FIVB to again meet with the Kenya Volleyball Federation President Waithaka Kioni, the coaching staff of the Kenya women’s national team, and members of the CAVB staff who participated in the mentoring programme conducted in Lausanne in early May 2022.

The visit was part of a two-week visit of five African National Federations – Kenya, Nigeria Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia – alongside CAVB representatives to support them in future planning, and to discuss potential support from the FIVB that can help boost the development of volleyball in these countries.