Lausanne, Switzerland, December 8, 2016 – Olympic gold medallists Karch Kiraly of USA and China’s Lang Ping along with Brazil’s Olympic medal winning coach, José Roberto ‘Ze Roberto’ Guimarães are just a few of the many high profile appointments made to the FIVB’s newly composed Technical and Coaching Commission. The appointments were confirmed at the FIVB Board of Administration meeting this week, where a new structure of Commissions was also announced.

The FIVB Technical and Coaching Commission – formerly two separate commissions – include the USA’s Karch Kiraly, the only player to have won Olympic gold medals in both volleyball and beach volleyball and China’s Lang Ping, who made history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first person to win gold as a coach and a player. Joining them will be Brazil’s Ze Roberto, who took his country’s men’s national team to Olympic gold in 1992 and the women’s team to the top spot in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Italian Giovanni Guidetti, who has taken the Dutch women’s volleyball team to a silver medal in the 2015 European Championships was also appointed to the Commission.

This is the first time ever that the FIVB has opened the door to bring in the expert opinions of former and current coaches and athletes. The wealth of experience they bring to the table and the inclusion of ‘voices from the ground’ will go a long way in ensuring that choices made at the international level are relevant and make an impact on the sport.

The current make-up of the Technical and Coaching Commission is as follows:

Mr Hugh D. McCutcheon – NZL – President
Mr Philippe Blain – FRA – Secretary
Mr Karch Kiraly – USA – Member
Mr Kiwon Park – KOR – Member
Mr Giovanni Guidetti – ITA – Member
Mrs Audrey Cooper – ENG – Member
Mrs Lang Ping – CHN – Member
Mr José Roberto Guimarães – BRA – Member
Mr Toshiro Endo – JPN – Member
Mr Sherif Hamdy Elshemerly – EGY – Member

Under the new format, FIVB Commissions will now have no more than 10 members in total – a President, Secretary and eight members – to allow for easier dialogue within the Commission and with the FIVB Secretariat. The Commissions will include experts in the field for ideas and solutions – with the possibility of additional expert appointments in the future – although only members will be allowed to vote on proposals put forward to the Executive Committee.

The Commissions will mandate Working Groups, tasked with specific goals to support the strategic decision of the Executive Committee and the Board of Administration. The issues will be discussed through teleconference meetings, with the option of a meeting in Lausanne once a year if required.

The number of Commissions has also been streamlined from 12 to eight following a merging of the Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission, and the creation of the Communication Commission. The latter brings together the Press Commission with the TV & New Media Commission.

The composition of the remaining seven FIVB Commissions is as follows:

Medical Commission
Dr. Annie Peytavin – FRA – President
Dr. Bruno Borges da Fonseca – BRA – Secretary
Dr. Manfred Holzgraefe – GER – Member
Dr. Rueangsak Siriphol – THA – Member
Dr. Sergio Cameli – ITA – Member
Dr. Jacek Kruczynski – POL – Member
Dr. Victor M. Figueroa Gonzalez – DOM – Member
Dr. Hossam Bahgat – EGY – Member
Dr. Julio Cesar De Carvalho Nardelli – BRA – Team Doctor/expert
Dr. Erik Verdonck – FRA – Team Doctor/expert

Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission (formerly two separate commissions)
Mr Guillermo Paredes- ARG – President
Mr José Casanova – POR – Secretary
Mr Abdelmajid Djerad – TUN – Member
Mr Lazslo Herpai – HUN – Member
Mr Sergey Titov – RUS – Member
Mr Francesco D’Aló – ITA – Member
Mr Takashi Shimoyama – JPN – Member
Mr Songsak Chareongpong – THA – Member
Mr Alexander Steel – SCO – Member
Mr André Trottier – CAN – Member
Mrs Maria Villas Boas – BRA – Member
Mr Peter Hreszczuk – AUS – Member
Mr Patrick Powers – USA – Member
Mr Guy Bradbury – CAN – Expert

Legal Commission
Mr Jaime Lamboy – PUR – President
Mr Vasavan Samuel – RSA – Secretary
Mr Tomohiro Tohyama – JPN – Member
Mr Mounir Ben Slimane – TUN – Member
Mrs Maria Perez Grasa – ESP – Member
Mr Rogerio Oliveira – POR – Member
Mr Hannu Kananen – FIN – Member
Mrs Sabinah Clement – IVB – Member
Mr Alain Fischbacher – SUI – Member
Mr Marcelo Franklin – BRA – Member

Communication Commission (result of merging the Press Commission with the TV & New Media Commission)
Mr Peter Diamond – USA – President
Mr Hiroshi Takeuchi – JPN – Secretary
Mr Piotr Pykel – POL– Member
Mr Raul Costa Junior – BRA – Member
Mr Thomas Krohne – GER – Member
Mr Jacopo Volpi – ITA – Expert
Mr Yuichi Kawano – JPN – Expert
Mr Hideki Tashiro – JPN – Expert

Development Commission
Mrs Marta Centeno O. de Sajche – GUA – President
Mr Mushtaque Mohammed – TTO – Secretary
Mr Peter Van Tarel – NED – Member
Gen. Idriss Dokony – CHA – Member
Mr Julio Perez Alfaro – URU – Member
Mr Ramon Suzara – PHI – Member
Mr Gabriel Salvia – ARG – Member
Mr Charles Uyisenga – RWA – Member
Mr Zdeslav Barac – CRO – Member
Mr Dancho Lazarov – BUL – Member

Finance Commission
Mr Habu A. Gumel – NGR – President
Mr Essa Hamzah Al Failakawi – KUW – Secretary
Mrs Bouchra Hajij – MAR – Member
Mr Alberto Arreola Sanchez – MEX – Member
Mr Louis Timba – CMR – Member
Mr Özkan Mutlugil – TUR – Member
Mr Marco Tullio Teixeira – BRA – Member
Mr Kenji Kimura – JPN – Member
Mr Mohammadreza Davarzani – IRI – Member
Mr Achilleas Mavromatis – GRE – Member

Beach Volleyball Commission
Mr Vicente Araujo – POR – President
Mr Michel Everaert – NED – Secretary
Mr Tomoki Kimishima – JPN – Member
Mr Bing Liu – CHN – Member
Mr Craig Carracher – AUS – Member
Mr Edward Drakich – CAN – Member
Mr Fulvio Danilas – BRA – Member
Mrs Lori Okimura – USA – Member
Mr Julius Brink – GER – Expert/Athletes’ Representative
Ms Xue Chen – CHN – Expert/Athletes’ Representative
Mrs Kerri Walsh Jennings – USA – Expert/Athletes’ Representative
Mr Emmanuel Rego – BRA – Expert/Athletes’ Representative
Mr Marcelo Wangler – BRA – Expert

The FIVB Board of Administration also approved the members of the World League and World Grand Prix Councils. The FIVB World League, World Grand Prix and Beach Volleyball World Tour and World Championships Councils will now be chaired by the FIVB Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Directors for their respective disciplines. The following appointments were also approved for the Sports Events Council:

Sports Events Council
Mr Juan Antonio Gutierrez – ARG – Chairperson
Mr Lubor Halanda – SVK – Secretary

Mr Ricardo Trade – BRA
Mr Libenzio Conti – ITA
Mr Han-Joo Eom – KOR
Mr Jaksuwan Tocharoen – THA
Mr Jesus Preales Navarro – MEX
Mr Roman Stanislavov – RUS
Mr Wojciech Czayka – POL
Mr Waithaka Kioni – KEN

Experts/Athletes’ Representatives
Mr Gilberto (Giba) Godoy Filho – BRA
Mrs Ekaterina Gamova – RUS
Mrs Mireya Luis Hernandez – CUB

Continental Confederation Presidents
Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser – KSA – AVC
Mr Aleksandar Boričić – SRB – CEV
Dr. Amr Elwani – EGY – CAVB
Dr. Rafael Lloreda – COL – CSV
Mr Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz – DOM – NORCECA

The appointed members of the FIVB Judicial Bodies are as follows:

FIVB Tribunal
Dr. Karsten Hofmann – Chairman – GER
Mr Chi Liu – Vice-Chairman – CHN
Mr Carlos J. Beltran – Member – PUR
Mr Hussein Mostafa Fathi – Member – EGY
Mr Francisco Amallo – Member – ARG
Mr Bola Ajibola – Substitute Member – NGR
Mr Roland Grand’Maison – Substitute Member – CAN
Mr Piotr Stolarski – Substitute Member – POL
Mr Anais D’Arville – Substitute Member – AUS

FIVB Disciplinary Panel
Ms Sabinah Clement – Chairman – IVB
Ms Margaret Ann Fleming – Vice-Chairwoman – SCO
Mr Mounir Ben Slimane – Member – TUN
Ms Renata Blauth – Member – BRA
Mr Tomohiro Tohyama – Member – JPN

FIVB Appeals Panel
Ms Damaris Young – Chairman – PAN
Ms Emba Wun-Man Leung – Vice-Chairwoman – CHN
Mr Jorge Granja Cobos – Member – ECU
Mr Thomas Berend – Member – LUX
Dr. Taïmour Mostafa-Kamel – Member – EGY

FIVB Ethics Panel
Dr. José Joaquin Puello – Chairman – DOM
Mr Ruben Urrutia Guimaraes – Vice-Chairman – URU
Mr Abdelhadi Ghzali – Member – MAR
Mr Khalid Abu Rashid – Member – KSA
Mr Richard Callicott – Member – ENG