Africa has been granted four spots at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and five teams per gender in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires by international Volleyball Federation-FIVB.
This was revealed by FIVB President, Ary Graca during the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Federation (CAVB) elective congress Thursday in Algeria.
Besides the nine spots, the continent will also have five teams per gender in all the age group competitions like under 20 and under 21 championships.
Graca also committed his support to African Volleyball in his presentation to the Congress where he presented his three-year evaluation of achievements since taking over the leadership of World Volleyball body in 2012. The Congress was attended by a record 51 out of a total of 53 Africa National Federation, including Kenya Volleyball Federation-KVF.
The man who beat USA Volleyball CEO, Doug Beal also reiterated FIVB goal of ensuring that Volleyball moves from group two to group One in the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Olympics ranking by 2020 games.
“The communication with the IOC came back to strong relationship and now we are doing our best to transfer to category 1 of the Olympic sports,” added Graca.
“We started one of our most successful plans which was the beach volleyball Continental Cup. We had 142 countries took part in London Olympic Games qualifiers and the number improved to 176 in Rio de Janeiro Olympics. From Africa we had zero participants in Beijing 2008, and we reached 35 in London 2012 and 37 countries in Rio Qualifiers.”
He also stressed FIVB’s nine-goal strategic plan he put for the future of the sport, which had a sounding effect all over the world.
The first goal is to move volleyball to group One from Group Two in IOC ranking and to reach up to Two million users on FIVB digital platforms by 2016. Third goal is to increase the cumulative TV audience by 20% in 2016 and 20% in 2020.
The other goal is to sign a Sh1 billion a year sponsorship with four new global partners by 2020 which is projected to improve the average FIVB annual income from Sh31billion to Sh66 Billion by 2020.
Graca also wants FIVB to make available TV on internet feed for FIVB key events to all the 221 national federations by 2016 and to increase the number of licensed players by 2018 through the development plan in and attempt to make Volleyball the number one sport that serves the need of humanitarian organizations in their programme. The other goal is to have a competitive effective and sustainable bidding process by 2018 for all FIVB main events.
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