— Published 11 January 2021

The women outperform the men

Applicants are scrambling to sit on the very first Athletes’ Commission of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The global body has released the list of candidates. It has 16 names, drawn equally from indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. But, proof of the growing influence of women’s volleyball, the female players (11) outnumber the male players (5). The first of its kind, the FIVB Athletes’ Commission will be made up of ten members. Five of them will be elected by their peers, following an online ballot held during the last two weeks of January, the other five being nominated by FIVB President, Brazilian Ary S. Graça. The commission should have an equal number of women and men. It should also display an identical distribution of representatives of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. For beach volleyball, the candidates are: Louise Bawden (Australia), Joshua Binstock (Canada), Julius Brink (Germany), Meppelink Madelein (Netherlands), Marketa Slukova Nausch (Czech Republic), Delcio Soares (Mozambique), Anouk Vergé-Depré (Switzerland), and Chen Xue (China). For indoor volleyball, the candidates are: Milagros Cabral de la Cruz (Dominican Republic), Neslihan Demir Güler (Turkey), Sam Deroo (Belgium), Małgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (Poland), Jordan Larson (United States), Ognjenovic Maja (Serbia), Samuele Papi (Italy), and Polina Rahimova (Azerbaijan).