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First virtual General Assembly a great success

On 6 December, World ParaVolley held the first ever virtual Biennial General Assembly with members attending online from all four Zones of the world. The meeting was sponsored by ParaVolley equipment supplier QH, the Jiangsu Qianghuai Sporting Goods Co Ltd. from China, which have recently agreed to support World ParaVolley for another four years.

All Board Members demonstrated in their reports that 2018 and 2019 were incredibly successful years for World ParaVolley with developments in the areas of major events, athlete contribution, training and education, international relations, classification, anti-doping and governance.

Incumbent Barry Couzner OAM (AUS) was elected unopposed as President for another four years and Louise Ashcroft (CAN) won the position of Medical Director.  Dr. Ivana Pavic (CRO) was elected to the World ParaVolley Board for the first time as Development Director, replacing John Kessel (USA) who has retired after having held the position since 2012.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Barry Couzner OAM made a special announcement that a Sitting Volleyball Commemorative Booklet had been produced by the Chief Historian Dr. Kwok Ng to highlight the 40 years of history that sitting volleyball has been in the Paralympic Games from 1980 to 2020.

"I would like to congratulate World ParaVolley on 40 years of Paralympic sitting volleyball," said founding president Pieter Joon on the latest publication. "It is a great achievement that I could only dream about in the past. The commemorative booklet is a fantastic retelling of history. The history and the sport that you have developed and something to be proud of."

China to host 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships

The World ParaVolley Board recently approved China as host of the 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships to be held at the World ParaVolley Hangzhou Development Centre tentatively 18th to 24th May 2022.

The opening of the World ParaVolley Museum is also being planned on the occasion of the 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships.

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The World ParaVolley Foundation has relaunched a campaign to raise $10,000 to build a sustainable platform that would provide growth to the sport and provide opportunities to the athletes.

The support of many individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations and program partners would make an impact in the development of the sport by supporting five key areas: emerging countries, anti-doping and research, women in sport, development of member nations and volunteer development.

World ParaVolley needs your help to raise funds. For more information about this fundraising campaign, visit

World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball 40 years 1980-2020
e-ISBN: 978-952-94-4074-0

This special commemorative booklet looks at the first 40 years of sitting volleyball as a Paralympic sport.

Download the commemorative booklet here.
The World ParaVolley History podcasts continues, this time with President of the ParaVolley PanAmerica, Joe Campbell. Dr Kwok Ng interviews Joe Campbell and they discuss his memorable moments from the 1989 World Championships through to the latest developments in the zone, particularly as COVID-19 put a temporary stop to competitions.

The hour-long interview can be accessed from the HISTORY page and is part of the podcast series, with interviews with current World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner and Founding President Pieter Joon. If you would like to nominate a person to feature on the podcast, please email 

Podcast 1 - International World ParaVolley Day
Listen to World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM himself walk down memory lane as he talks about the colourful history of ParaVolley in this special episode in celebration of the International World ParaVolley Day.  
Podcast 2 - Tokyo 2020: One year to go
With exactly a year before the first serve in Tokyo, World ParaVolley founding president Pieter Joon traces the history of sitting volleyball in the Paralympics over the last few decades.
Podcast 3 - Interview with Joe Campbell
ParaVolley PanAmerica president and former international referee Joe Campbell breaks down the paravolley’s evolution in development, innovation and refereeing.
Steadward Talks: The Past, Present and Future of Sitting Volleyball
How did sitting volleyball become so popular? Find out by listening to the Steadward Talks, hosted by David Legg, Eli Wolff, and special guest Robert Steadward.

Speakers include World ParaVolley Founding President Pieter Joon, Chief Historian Kwok Ng, Head of Classification Jenni Cole, and General Manager Phil Allen.

WPV to boost beach paravolley programs with free Molten beach volleyballs
World ParaVolley would like to support member nations that are interested to run beach paravolley programs, trainings, competitions or camps by providing free Molten beach volleyballs.
Dr. Hayat Khattab appointed to Egyptian Senate
President of ParaVolley Africa, Dr. Hayat Khattab, was recently appointed to the Egyptian El Sheyoukh by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
World ParaVolley extends partnership with Senoh
World ParaVolley has extended its partnership with Japanese sports equipment company Senoh Corporation for the 2021-2024 period. World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM and Senoh President Tetsuya Ozaki signed the contract remotely in November.
Postponement of Tokyo 2020 Men’s Paralympic Qualifier
Please be advised that the Executive Committee of the Board has approved the postponement of the Final Men’s Qualifier for Tokyo 2020 as proposed by NPC GER, on the basis of the COVID situation in Germany.
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