Senegal welcomes FIVB delegation to discuss development of volleyball

Beach volleyball is set to feature at the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026

The FIVB’s visit to various African National Federations (NFs) most recently saw an FIVB delegation visit Senegal to attend high-level meetings with sports officials in the country and discuss the development of the sport ahead of the upcoming 2026 Youth Olympic Games which will be hosted in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

The FIVB delegation to Senegal consisted of FIVB Development Commission Secretary and Board of Administration member Mr Zdeslav Barač, FIVB Head of Technical and Development Department, Steve Tutton, and his colleague Hugo Derycke. The key topic on the agenda was the development of both volleyball and beach volleyball in the country.

The visit follows Volleyball Federation of Senegal President Amadou Seye’s visit in March 2022 to the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne to discuss potential event hosting opportunities and the FIVB coaching support that has been provided to help Senegal develop a strong and competitive youth beach volleyball team ahead of the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026.

FIVB delegation meet with Director of the Sports Minister’s Office Ibrahima Ndao

The visit got underway with a high-level meeting with representatives of the Senegalese National Olympic and Sports Committee, including Vice President Ibrahima Wade, in addition to a meeting with the Director of the Sports Minister’s Office Ibrahima Ndao.

The delegation also held a meeting with the President of the Volleyball Federation of Senegal, Amadou Seye, where FIVB support was discussed in more detail. In particular, the latest updates on the development of the Senegal national beach volleyball team, which the FIVB has been supporting through 12-months of coaching support, were discussed.

Volleyball court set for new lease of life thanks to FIVB development support

On the same day, the delegation visited the site where a new outdoor volleyball court will be installed, in addition to the location of future beach volleyball courts. The new outdoor volleyball court will be provided by the FIVB under its revolutionary programme of Volleyball Empowerment.

FIVB Development Commission Secretary and Board of Administration Member, Mr Zdeslav Barač, said:

“The FIVB, under the guidance of FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°, has been working tirelessly to develop volleyball and beach volleyball worldwide by reinvesting the money that comes from the sport back into the sport.

“We are delighted to have a collaborative partnership with the Volleyball Federation of Senegal, and have enjoyed productive meetings with the NOC and Ministry of Sports. Senegal’s commitment to volleyball is clear, and the FIVB is delighted to approve a new outdoor volleyball court, in addition to our ongoing coach support project, through the revolutionary programme of Volleyball Empowerment.”

President of the Volleyball Federation of Senegal, Amadou Seye, said:

“We are extremely grateful to the FIVB and its President, Dr Ary S. Graça F°, for providing this support to Senegal. It means so much to the growing number of volleyball and beach volleyball players in the country as it provides the necessary boost and facilities to raise the level of the sport. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the FIVB for years to come.”

 FIVB visit beach volleyball location for Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026

The following day, the FIVB delegation visited Saly, where the beach venue for the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026 will be located, to hold meetings with tourism and events agency SAPCO and the Saly Deputy Mayor Madame Hann, Vice Mayor Penda Seck and representatives from the Saly beach volleyball club.

FIVB delegation meet with SAPCO representatives

The delegation’s visit of Senegal finished with a visit to the city of Thies to meet with the National Technical Director of the National Centre for Sport and Education in Senegal (CNEPS). In addition, the delegation met with SEED Academy, the first basketball student-athlete academy in Africa.