Top of the three-day agenda is the election of a new FIVB President and the FIVB Board of Administration gender minority representatives.
With FIVB President Jizhong Wei set to stand down after four years, the 33rd edition of the Congress will usher in a new era for the governing body of international volleyball with the fourth FIVB President set to be elected.
The candidates for the FIVB President election (term 2012-2016), which are expected to take place on Friday,) are the following:
Mr Doug Beal (USA). Mr Beal is an FIVB Board of Administration member and President of USA Volleyball.
Dr Ary Graça (Brazil). Dr Graça is an FIVB Executive Vice-President, President of the South America Volleyball Confederation and the President of the Brazil Volleyball Federation.
Mr Chris Schacht (Australia). Mr Schacht is the President of the Australia Volleyball Federation.
The candidates for the minority gender positions (two to be elected) on the FIVB Board of Administration are the following:
Mrs Marta Centeno O. De Sajche (Guatemala). Mrs Centeno O. De Sajche is an FIVB Executive Vice-President.
Mrs Vilja Savisaar-Toomast (Estonia). Mrs Savisaar-Toomast is the Vice President of the Estonia Volleyball Federation.
Mrs Rita Subowo (Indonesia). Mrs Subowo is an FIVB Executive Vice-President.
The first FIVB Congress took place in Paris, France in 1947 when Mr Paul Libaud was elected as the FIVB’s first President.
FIVB President history:
Mr Paul Libaud (France) 1947-1984
Dr. Ruben Acosta (Mexico) 1984-2008
Mr Jizhong Wei (China) 2008-
In order to guarantee fair and democratic elections at the FIVB Congress, an Advisory Election Committee has been introduced for the first time. Chaired by President Wei, it includes four of the five Continental Confederation Presidents plus FIVB Board member Dr Rafael Lloreda Currea in place of CSV President Dr Ary Graça, who is a presidential candidate. The Advisory Election Committee will appoint election scrutineers at the Congress.
Preceding the Congress will be a one-day seminar for emerging federations on Tuesday where the FIVB Technical and Development Department will conduct the seminar, providing key examples of growth and activities to further expand the sport of volleyball and illustrations of how sport can help communities.
Other key items on the agenda include modifications to the FIVB Constitution, a review of all the FIVB’s accounts and finances – including external and internal audit reports – approval of the 2013 to 2015 budget, as well as presentations from each of the organisers of future FIVB events such as the age-group volleyball World Championships in 2013, next year’s beach volleyball World Championships in Poland and the 2015 edition in the Netherlands as well as the 2014 volleyball World Championships for men in Poland and for women in Italy.