Lausanne, Switzerland, January 27, 2017 – The members of the FIVB Medical Commission chaired by Commission President Annie Peytavin and joined by FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo met in Lausanne on Friday to review the international federation’s work in the fields of anti-doping, sports medicine and health promotion.

The Commission reviewed the main pillars of the FIVB’s anti-doping programme, including testing, examining Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs). It also examined the federation’s education and communication initiatives, and efforts to intensify testing and develop partnerships with national anti-doping organisations.

Issues and statistics specific to both in-competition and out of competition tests were also discussed. This was followed by a study of the ADRVs – there were four for the FIVB in 2016 – and of the 19 TUEs approved over the same period.

The FIVB continued to educate and communicate around anti-doping in 2016. The Play Clean Programme, an e-learning tool on the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, has helped to educate over 15000 beach volleyball and volleyball athletes and support personnel since 2015.

Education Outreach Programmes were also organised at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Qatar Open, as well as at the FIVB Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.

The Medical Commission went on to review the FIVB’s medical programme in 2016. The commission members heard reports on the Referee Health Management Plan, which is in place for volleyball and beach volleyball referees, the Injury Surveillance Programme, and the alcohol tests for referees carried out by the Medical Commission last year.

The Commission reviewed ASOIF’s recommendations concerning health and athlete health and set up a plan for their implementation.

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FIVB Commissions and Councils – 2017 meeting schedule
Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission: Monday, January 23.
Legal Commission: Tuesday, January 24.
Communication Commission: Wednesday, January 25.
Development Commission: Thursday, January 26.
Medical Commission: Friday, January 27.
Athletes’ Commission: Monday, January 30.
Technical and Coaching Commission: Tuesday, February 14.
Sports Events Council: Thursday-Friday, February 16-17.
Beach Volleyball Commission: Monday-Tuesday, February 20-21.
Finance Commission: Thursday, April 6

Following a new format put in place by the FIVB Board of Administration in December, 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 the FIVB Secretariat. The Commissions will lean on experts in the field for ideas and solutions although only members will be allowed to vote on proposals put forward to the Executive Committee.