FIVB President addresses South American Volleyball Confederation Congress

The Congress took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 13 April 2022

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° attended the South American Volleyball Confederation (CSV) Congress this week where he shared the most recent developments and updates from the FIVB.

The Congress took place in Belo Horizonte and welcomed representatives of the 12 National Federations affiliated with the CSV who gathered to discuss the development of the sport in South America under the leadership of CSV President Marco Tullio Teixeira. FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo also held individual meetings with the president of each CSV affiliated National Federation.

During his speech, the FIVB President noted the challenges that sport has faced over the past few years but praised the united effort of the FIVB and global Volleyball Family in tackling these challenges.

He also provided an update on the FIVB’s groundbreaking partnership with CVC Capital Partners and the subsequent launch of Volleyball World, and this topic, alongside Volleyball Empowerment, was also presented to the CSV Congress by FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo.

“Already, the FIVB has worked together with Volleyball World to push the sport to a whole new level. We did not forget the spirit of sport, we have only followed its evolution and modernised it. This is clear to see in this year’s launch of the Beach Pro Tour which is proving to be a game-changer for beach volleyball with the highest level of TV production and sports presentation like no other,” said FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°.

One of the key topics during the FIVB President’s speech was the FIVB’s significant investment in development support to National Federations and national teams.

The FIVB President stated:

“Since 2017, the FIVB has approved 512 projects from 222 National Federations from all five Continental Confederations, which totals an investment of 12 million USD. Of these 512 projects, 206 were coach support projects in 112 Countries, 270 were volleyball equipment projects for 123 countries and 36 were knowledge transfer programmes for 28 countries.

“And for the CSV in particular, since 2017, we have approved 30 projects in CSV from 11 countries: 16 coach support projects, 12 equipment support projects, and 2 coach the coaches projects. These totalled over 1 million USD of support.”

He also discussed Volleyball Empowerment, a year-round revolutionary development programme to support national teams, athletes and National Federations to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° concluded his speech with a call for continued unity and teamwork for the benefit of the sport, stating:

“Now it is important for us to continue our great work by working closely together. Because by working as one united family, we can build a lasting legacy for volleyball. So, let’s make sure that the next chapter of volleyball’s history around the world and here in South America is the greatest chapter of all.”

The Congress also held a minute of silence in memory of the former CSV President, Dr Rafael Lloreda, who sadly passed away last year.