USAV Welcomes FIVB to Anaheim for World Congress

By Bill Kauffman | Sept. 17, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

FIVB contributed to this story

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2012) – The FIVB Board of Administration convened on Sept. 17 in Anaheim, Calif., and set the agenda for the upcoming 33rd FIVB World Congress that runs Sept. 19-21 at the Disneyland Hotel.

As part of the meeting, the Board of Administration was unanimous in approving the voting procedure for the organizaton’s first democratic elections that will take place in the final session on Sept. 21. Doug Beal, the CEO for USA Volleyball, is one of three candidates running for FIVB president along with Dr. Ary Graça of Brazil and Chris Schacht of Australia. Further, two minority gender positions on the FIVB Board of Administration will be selected out of a pool of three candidates in the election.

At the conclusion of the FIVB Board of Administration meeting, USA Volleyball hosted the group for a special dinner at the Anaheim White House. On behalf of USA Volleyball, Beal welcomed the dignitaries to the City of Anaheim and the United States. Anaheim serves as the host city for the USA Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams.

As part of the the presidential election procedure as decided by the Board of Administration, each candidate will have 15 minutes to present their candidature to the full Congress while the voting procedure for the FIVB president will consist of the following: First round – the candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast is elected. Second round – if no candidate is elected in the first round, all candidates except for the two candidates receiving the most votes are eliminated. A second round between these two candidates shall take place at which the candidate receiving the most number of votes is elected. Each of the approximate National Federations in attendance of the FIVB World Congress will have one vote each.

The Board of Administration also confirmed that the new FIVB Board would meet after the election of the new president to rule on the president’s proposal for the FIVB first executive vice president, the FIVB second executive vice-president and the treasurer; the members of the new executive committee – made up of the President, the five confederation presidents, two representatives from each confederation and two members from the gender minority – and the executive group – made up of the five confederation presidents.

FIVB President Jizhong Wei of China has elected not to run for a second four-year term.

The FIVB Board of Administration also showed great solidarity in approving for proposal to the FIVB Congress all amendments made to the FIVB Constitution and Regulations. The Board of Administration started with Beal welcoming all the members before President Wei thanked USA Volleyball and the City of Anaheim with the cooperation of the USOC.

“During my four-year term I thank you all for the confidence you put in me,” President Wei told the Board members. “I have been trying my best to do something I could do. Now I recognize also that I could not do better so voluntarily, and with pleasure. I will step down to give the baton to the new board because you can do better to lead the FIVB and to open a new era for the FIVB.

“We may have different opinions, but we have mutual trust, this is a legacy created by you all in the FIVB. We can’t do something in one minute, in one meeting, so in the FIVB the reform will continue. There should be more reform, not less.

“The main goal of this Congress now is to prepare the better future of the FIVB in summarizing the past four years. To summarize the past is easy because we have been working together over the past four years with the national federations and confederations, players, officials, sponsors and promoters. The facts are there, but to prepare a new future for the FIVB is not easy.”

Other key items on the Congress agenda include modifications to the FIVB Constitution, a review of all the FIVB’s accounts and finances - including external and internal audit reports - approval of the 2013 to 2015 budget, as well as presentations from each of the organizers of future FIVB events such as the age-group FIVB Volleyball World Championships in 2013, next year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland and the 2015 edition in the Netherlands, as well as the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships for men in Poland and for women in Italy.

The FIVB Congress week continues on Tuesday with the FIVB Congress Workshop on development for the FIVB’s emerging federations.

Live streaming of the FIVB Congress Workshop and the FIVB Congress will be available at the following link: