FIVB President discusses growth of volleyball in Russia with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport

High-level meeting also explores ways to engage future generations of volleyball fans

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° today met with Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin to explore how to further build on volleyball’s strong legacy in the country to engage future generations of players and fans.

The high-level meeting was held in Moscow and discussions were focused on the ways in which the national team’s volleyball successes and hosting international events could be best leveraged to grow the sport. The FIVB President and Russian government officials also explored how the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 could be a catalyst for the significant development of volleyball in the country.

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“It was an honour and pleasure to meet with both the Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport. We were able to look closely at the fundamental principles behind further developing volleyball’s legacy in Russia to encourage even more people to engage with the sport.

“We also explored the ways in which the energy and momentum from hosting world-class volleyball events could be harnessed to significantly increase participation rates in the sport across all levels.”

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said:

“Together with the FIVB President, we were able to really delve into the strength of Russian volleyball and how this can be taken to the next level from the grassroots through to the elite level.

“We have an incredible opportunity to engage a new generation of volleyball fans in Russia while further developing a sport which already has strong foundations in the country.”