FIVB President Ary Graça discusses “Nucleus Project”Photo Marcus Windus: Dr Graça visited the German Volleyball Federation to discuss the 'Nucleus Project' Speaking at Saturday’s General Assembly of the German National Volleyball Federation, FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° laid out plans for further innovation focusing on the FIVB’s “Nucleus Project” – the new strategy for raising the professional standard of volleyball.
The Nucleus Project aims to develop the sport in key markets, such as Germany, which can then act as a model for other countries. President Graça spoke of the FIVB’s plan to support these focal nations with more World Tour events and increased television exposure, as well as creating opportunities for developmental nations to learn about hosting world class events.
The development of these nations will ultimately serve the development of smaller nations and volleyball worldwide.
“The FIVB considers Germany a strong member of the volleyball family”, said Graça. “It is a great pleasure to be working with the team making the finals of the 2017 FIVB World Tour in Hamburg.
“The Nucleus Project will be a big part of our work to take volleyball to the next level, and your strength will serve at their inspiration.”
Over the past four years volleyball has seen a revolution in technological advancement, culminating at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which introduced a new standard for sports presentation that gave fans who are new to the sport an understanding and appreciation of the game.
President Graça praised the positive impact that German Volleyball Federation President Thomas Krohne had brought to the sport, the appointment of Julius Brink to the FIVB Athlete’s Commission and the success of Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst who won women’s beach gold at Rio last year.
“For Germany to win gold medals at two Olympic Games in a row shows that your success is not an accident”, Graça said. “It was such a privilege to see Laura and Kira win, they are wonderful athletes and have inspired girls to be champions of the future.
“I would like to salute the work of President Krohne, who has been successful in following through with his vision and strategy for volleyball in Germany.”
President Graça is spending the weekend in Hannover attending the General Assembly of the German National Volleyball Federation and holding meetings with the key stakeholders of the National Federation and local business community.