Development Commission was active in 2020 despite COVID-19
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 6, 2021 – The FIVB Development
Commission was one very active in FIVB despite the COVID-19
pandemic that affected the whole world for most of 2020.
Mr. Mushtaque Mohammed, president of the commission and vice
president of NORCECA, explained in his complete report to the
FIVB virtual congress that 131 of 142 development projects
submitted by national federation were approved last year.
Africa led the way with 43 projects submitted, followed by Asia
with 39, Europe with 27, NORCECA with 24 and South America with
Of those projects, a total of 65 were for volleyball equipment,
60 were for coaching development of national teams and 6 for the
train the trainers program.
Mushtaque of Trinidad and Tobago, underlined that over the last
Olympic cycle, 407 projects were approved by FIVB with an
investment of almost US$7 million.
He also informed that since 2019, the commission has started the
evaluation process of the projects in order to ensure that
“every dollar spent in these projects bring a return on our
He predicted that as a consequence of the development project
new beach volleyball teams will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
and in the next four years new champions will emerge in
regional, continental and international tournaments in both
volleyball and beach volleyball.
Mushtaque thanked the president of FIVB and the Development
Department for the cooperation they have received since he was
elected to preside the Development Commission.