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SLVA scribe off to FIVB Congress

OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA), Ahmed Khanou, will join others in Milan, Italy for the 34th edition of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Congress.

The congress will run from October 31 to November 1 and will bring together all FIVB members of the international volleyball family over the two-day event, which will be followed by a one-day workshop for all national federations.

Khanou and others will discuss issues with the FIVB and confederation officials, while also they (member associations) will receive an update from FIVB on key developments within the organisation.

The SLVA scribe is also expected to express the country’s disappointment with FIVB and other member associations over the refusal of visa to the country’s national team for respective World Championships.

It could be recalled that Sierra Leone’s male and female national Under-23 teams were denied entry visa by the Polish Embassy in Abuja, thereby denying them the opportunity to compete in the FIVB U-23 Male and Female Beach Volleyball Championships in Poland.

It was not the first time Sierra Leone’s volleyball team had suffered from such a decision as last year, the team was refused entry visa to Portugal.

The FIVB World Congress is the federation’s supreme governing body and is held every two years, with the last elective congress held in Anaheim (USA) in 2012.

The 2012 FIVB World Congress elected Dr. Ary S. Graça F° of Brazil as the fourth President of the federation, succeeding China’s Jizhong Wei as the head of the organisation.

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