Lausanne, Switzerland, January 26, 2017 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° called on the members of the Development Commission to focus on growth as they examined new measures to put in place for the federation’s development activities.

“In a competitive environment, it is essential that we focus on results,” said President Graça. “Growing the number of volleyball players and consumers is fundamental to our sport and development continues to be a key part of the FIVB’s 9 Goals, which set out the long term strategic plan for the federation.”

President Graça underlined the good work of the Commission and of the FIVB Development Department at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the federation’s activities earned a nomination in the Peace and Sport Federation of the Year Award. The FIVB’s sport legacy programme continues to benefit thousands of people in the Brazilian city.

The FIVB aims to assist national federations as they explore ways to develop the sport in their countries with recent initiatives including the Development Workshop held on the day before the 2016 FIVB World Congress in Buenos Aires, providing federations with an opportunity to learn about different ways of generating funds in their markets and encouraging them to be more proactive in the communication space using social media.

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.