Presidents of Confederations

1_dr.graca“As the President of the South American Volleyball Confederation, I have agreed to take the responsibilities of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission with the determination to spread and magnify the Beach Volleyball around the world.

The Continental Cup was created to give opportunities to all National Federations of all the Continents, regardless of size or financial ability, so that they can participate with their best athletes.

The success of the Continental Cup is inevitable and consequently the beginning of the climbing toward the enhancement of Beach Volleyball, which with its numerous competitions, will bring together more participants, thus contributing to global diffusion of Volleyball worldwide, not only Beach Volleyball.”

FIVB Executive Vice President and CSV President, Dr. Graça

2_avc-president_mr.bin-nasser“With the first AVC Continental Cup Sub Zone tournament in Chennai in India last September, which proved to be very successful for a start of a new tournament developed by the FIVB as part of London Olympic Qualification, it became a historic moment for AVC and we are extremely proud to have so many countries participating in the Olympic Qualification process.

Asian Beach Volleyball has developed fast in many AVC members. However, Beach Volleyball in Asia is not as popular as expected and the progress is not fast enough, while there is still a big gap between Asian Beach Volleyball and the world. FIVB has taken several measures to help Continental Confederations to develop Beach Volleyball recently, by increasing the financial support and making a big change for the 2012 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Qualification System in order to provide more opportunities to National Federations. The Continental Cup is a fantastic opportunity to give athletes of all nations the chance to qualify for London and this is reflected in the level of participation in our Confederation, with a record of over 40 countries played in 17 tournaments of three levels, i.e. Sub Zone, Zone and Continental Cup Finals.

AVC is fully committed in promoting Beach Volleyball in its territory and the Continental Cup fits perfectly in such strategy. With those record numbers of countries participating in the Continental Beach Volleyball Cup, it will certainly change the landscape of Beach Volleyball and illustrates how successful the competition will be.

I firmly believe the Continental Cup will be very successful by covering for the first time the entire continent and will revolutionize the sport of Beach Volleyball, which I am sure the media and the fans will support completely."

AVC President, Mr. BIN NASSER

2_dr.ewalni“Dear colleagues,

The Continental Beach Volleyball Cup has offered an unprecedented opportunity to countries and players worldwide and particularly in Africa. For African players, it reflects a player’s dream to present his/her country, and for a country to stand an equal chance in the Olympic Games.

Over the duration of 14 weeks, 236 players of our continent from 35 Africa nations have played and enjoyed a total of 221 matches of Beach Volleyball under one flag, which is the FIVB’s.

On behalf of Africa, I thank everyone who contributed to this evolution and progress, and we are confident that this E-book will yet indicate another remarkable milestone to ensure that knowledge will offer our youth a further step towards a true Beach Volleyball development."

CAVB President, Dr. ELWANI

2_mr.meyer“Dear Beach Volleyball fans,

Last year CEV was the very first Continental Confederation that was able to set up all necessary conditions to quickly start out the first rounds of competition for the so-called Sub-Zonal phase of the CEV Continental Cup.

I am very delighted to recall that the large majority of the National Federations affiliated to CEV decided to join this event, not simply to enjoy an additional chance to qualify teams for the 2012 Olympics in London, but also to test out their likes in an exciting “Country vs. Country” competition format, where all participating duos were proudly representing their homeland.

This was a wonderful experience for all parties involved, players, local organizers, officials, volunteers, with most of the venues chosen for the Sub-Zonal phase displaying a very good performance in terms of general organization of their respective events and spectator attendance.

We, in Europe, are already very much looking forward to the Zonal Phase which is coming up this summer and where some of the most decorated and skilled duos touring internationally will be back in action under the flag of their respective countries. We are working hard to provide our fans with the best ambiance and the right competition formula in order to turn the CEV Continental Cup into a precious and unique addition to the international calendar.

It is still quite a long way to London 2012 but all teams are already targeting the fulfillment of their Olympic dream and they certainly will not miss this additional opportunity to claim that berth and ticket everyone is very much longing for.

Hoping to see many of you directly on site for the next rounds of this wonderful competition, I remain, Yours sincerely,"

CEV President, Mr. MEYER

marte-hoffiz“The Continental Beach Volleyball Cup represents a phenomenal opportunity for the different Confederations and reflects the evolution process going on in FIVB as a global institution oriented towards equity and fairness.

The competition has been received everywhere with a high grade of enthusiasm and at the end of the road it will contribute to a huge development of Beach Volleyball since the dissemination of the sport translates necessarily into a better product."

NORCECA President, Mr. MARTE HOFFIZ

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