Beijing, China, July 18, 2017 – Day two of the FIVB trip to China began with a meeting between FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Director of the State General Administration of Sports, Gou Zhongwen, discussing the prospect of greater collaboration between the FIVB and the Chinese Volleyball Association (CVA).

After the meeting, President Graça said that he was pleased with the talks and hopes they will enhance the two organisations’ long and successful partnership.

“China has long been a supporter of the FIVB and the popularity of volleyball continues to grow, particularly after fantastic success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It was great to speak with Mr Gou and see his passion for sport – it certainly reflects my own!

“I have made no secret of my ambition to host more events in China, but this meeting was also about the development of grassroots volleyball in Asia as we seek to continue growing the sport. It is clear to me that Mr Gou and the CVA share the same dreams.”

Mr Gou also said that he was enthusiastic to work with the FIVB and CVA, both to secure China’s position as an elite volleyball nation and help promote the sport in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

Items on the agenda included FIVB events in China, progress of the men’s volleyball team and their potential, as well as the recent success of the women’s team. There were also discussions on how to grow volleyball in schools and communities throughout the country.

Following the meeting, President Graça conducted a roundtable with five of China’s leading media outlets, where he answered questions about his meeting with the Sports Minister, the Chinese Volleyball League and development of the sport.

Next month, the Chinese city of Nanjing will host the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 1 Finals which start on August 2.


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