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Sports Events Council discusses key events in new quadrennial

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 20, 2017 – The 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championships and the Olympic volleyball tournament in Tokyo in 2020 were key points on a busy meeting agenda for the FIVB’s Sport Events Council, which was gathered at the international federation’s headquarters in Lausanne on Friday for the first time since last year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“We must prepare now to be sure we make the most of major events for volleyball including the 2018 Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria and the 2018 Women’s World Championship in Japan,” said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, who chaired a meeting also attended by the presidents of the five continental volleyball confederations. “The calendar is a key point for all stakeholders in the sport, including the athletes, coaches, referees, broadcasters and fans, and our discussions must ensure that all voices are taken into account.”

The outcome of discussions during the Sports Events Council, which also covered qualification criteria for events including the Olympic volleyball tournament in Tokyo in 2020, will be taken up by an inter-commission working group which will coordinate proposals with those emanating from the international federation’s other commissions. These proposals will then be presented to the FIVB Board of Administration meeting scheduled to take place in Morocco in May.