FIVB President and Doug Beal remain with close ties



PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 31, 2015 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° praised the personal qualities of Douglas Beal, who opposed him during the last elections of the volleyball governing body in 2012, saying their friendship is now stronger than ever.


“We were opponents three years ago but I always considered him and still do a true gentleman and a loyal opponent in every sense of the word,” Dr. Graça said before having a separate meeting with the CEO of USA Volleyball during the morning session of the XXIII NORCECA Congress.


“We have no rancor to each other after competing for the presidency and have remained good friends,” Dr. Graça said. “I really appreciate the support Doug Beal has shown to my initiatives as president of FIVB.”


The FIVB President specifically made reference to the “9 Goals” long term strategic plan he launched recently during the World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, United States.


The 9 goals are part of a long term strategic plan developed by President Graça and the FIVB to help direct the future work of the federation and ensure it realises the sport’s huge global potential. The initiative was devised through a collaborative, internal process which looked at the main areas of development and progress and was approved by the FIVB Board of Administration earlier this year.


Beal, a former national team player and renowned coach, is one of the members of the FIVB Board of Administration. He told Dr. Graça that he has no intentions running again for the FIVB presidency.


They were seen chatting in frank camaraderie and amicably posed for the photographers covering the XXIII NORCECA Congress. The NORCECA Executive Committee and Board of Administration endorsed Dr. Graça to continue as president of FIVB for a new term.


Dr. Graça presented the representatives of 41 National Federations and Territories his strategic plan and objectives which are:


1. To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC rankings by 2020.


2. To reach 2 million users on FIVB Digital Platforms by 2016.


3. To increase the cumulative TV audience by 20% in 2016 and by 100% in 2020.


4. To sign 4 new global sponsors by 2020 with a goal of 10 million per year.


5. To grow the average FIVB annual income from 31 million to 66 million by 2020.


6. To have a competitive, effective and sustainable bidding process by 2018 for all FIVB main events.


7. To make available a TV or internet feed for FIVB key events to all 221 National Federations by 2016.

8. To increase the number of licensed/ amateur players by 2018.


9. To become the number 1 sport that serves the needs of humanitarian organisations in their programmes.