Honolulu, Hawaii, October 10, 2019 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, for a series of meetings with National Federations from the Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association.
It was a historic meeting between the two organisations, marking the first time an FIVB President has presided over a meeting dedicated to Oceania with all the FIVB member-federations from the region present apart from Australia. President Ary Graça re-affirmed his commitment to the region, investing in new initiatives through the FIVB Development Projects Platform, as well as working with the International Olympic Committee via the Olympic Solidarity programme.
The FIVB President met with the National Federations of Oceania to share his thoughts on their strategy and propose new ideas for future projects as well as to update them on the FIVB innovations and key events. The delegation also talked about plans for growing volleyball and beach volleyball throughout the region.
During the meeting, President Ary Graça personally informed the NFs that all 19 projects submitted to the Platform for 2019 had been approved. The leaders of each of the Oceanian countries, as well as the zonal leadership, expressed full support for the President and his vision for the future and thanked him for creating opportunities for Oceania.
“Today’s meeting was a clear indication that the Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association can rely on the FIVB and, equally, we have a clear vision for the future that includes high-performance initiatives and more events in the region. The high performance projects are all focused on beach volleyball with Australia being the only one applying for the indoor volleyball high-performance support,” President Ary Graça said. “In the last three years, we have approved all 39 projects submitted to us, and I look forward to working closely with the NFs to ensure this investment leads to significant growth of volleyball and beach volleyball. Together, we can create the next generation of stars in Oceania. I would like to assure everyone that Oceania is no longer abandoned as it was in the past.”
The FIVB President also used the opportunity to speak with individual NFs about growing the sport in the region.
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