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A record number of 201 national federations are in attendance at the FIVB Congress in Anaheim

Anaheim, USA, September 19, 2012 - The FIVB Congress - the supreme body of the International Volleyball Federation - is being streamed live on www.fivb.org. The three-day meeting is the 33rd edition of the FIVB Congress and started at 09:00 (local time) this Wednesday morning.

The key points on the agenda on the opening day were the election of the scrutineers, FIVB's activity reports, a review of the FIVB accounts and finances and modifications of the FIVB Constitution.

Jizhong Wei thanked all the FIVB members for their collective effort in his last activity report as FIVB President.

President Wei, who will be replaced as FIVB President on the third and final day of the Congress when elections will take place, reflected on the changes and the reforms of the past four years and wished the new FIVB administration the best, pointing out that the new FIVB President “will be a captain rather than a coach.”

“When I try to sum up all of the reforms, I am fully aware of the fact that they have all been accomplished through your support and execution. FIVB’s achievements were, are and will be the result of shared effort and the dedication of all the FIVB’s family members”, he pointed out.

The Mayor of the city of Anaheim Mr. Tom Tait welcomed the 262 delegates from 201 countries at the opening ceremony of the 33rd FIVB World Congress chaired by Mr. Jizhong Wei, President of FIVB.

Mr. Tait called the city of Anaheim and the area of Southern California as the home of volleyball and beach volleyball teams of United States while remarking the rapid growth of volleyball across the globe which he considered the second most practiced sport in the world.

Mrs. Anita DeFrantz, a lifetime member of International Olympic Committee who was its first-ever female vice-president, also expressed her best wishes to the participants on behalf of IOC President, Jacques Rogge.

She was followed with other welcome speeches, among others by Mr. Larry Probst, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Mr. Douglas Beal, CEO of Volleyball USA.

The full link for the FIVB Congress live streaming is: http://www.klewel.com/conferences/fivb-congress-2012/