Organisers and dates confirmed for African Age Group Competitions
The CAVB Sports Organising Commission at their meeting in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday|
Cairo, Egypt, November 15, 2012 - The organisers and dates of the African age group championships were decided at a meeting of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Sports Organising Commission held in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday.
Following Burkina Faso’s withdrawal as organiser, the programme of competitions will start in Algeria with the Boys’ Youth African Nations Championship from January 20 to 30, 2013. The top four teams will qualify for the FIVB World Championship in Mexico for this age category.
Tunisia replaced Morocco as host for the Men’s Junior African Nations Championship, which will be held from February 28 to March 9, 2013 with the top four teams qualifying for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship in Turkey.
Egypt will host the CAVB Girls’ Youth Championship from March 20 to 30, 2013 with the top three teams will be guaranteed a place at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship in Thailand.
Finally in Nigeria, the site of the CAVB Women’s Junior Championship from March 11 to 20, 2013, teams will play for the three spots reserved for African teams in the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic.
In his welcome speech at the start of the meeting, CAVB president and FIVB executive vice-president and treasurer, Dr. Amr Elwani underscored the importance of the meeting to approve the new ambitious plan for the African competitions.
“We want to involve all 53 affiliated national federations in our activity through our new format, which aims at reaching each country in Africa,” said Dr. Elwani. “We want also to place special emphasis on the age category championships as they are the future of our beloved sport.”
The CAVB Sports Organising Commission (SOC) approved the new format of the age group continental championships, which will depend on the preliminary zonal qualifications to allow all the African NFs to participate in the competitions.
The new system of the age category competitions aims to attract the maximum number of participating teams from the whole continent through the zonal qualifications for the four competitions.
With the new system there will be 16 finalist teams comprising the top three teams from the previous competition, the organiser and 12 teams from the zonal qualification.
The meeting was attended by the supervisor of the SOC commission Camilo Antao (Mozambique), the commission president Kalala Lucbeau (Congo RD), members Morakinyo Ebinezer (Nigeria), Khaled Nassef Selim (Egypt), Charles Nyaberi (Kenya), Jappie Chancy Mhango (Malawi), Jean Claude Mopita (Congo Brazzaville), Moustafa Baba Ameur (Algeria), Ayad Elmoussraty (Libya), Saliou Barry (Guinea Conakry), BelHassan Boukhtioua (Tunisia) and CAVB executive director Howyda Mondy.