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President Wei attends 3rd Asian Beach Games

President Wei with Afghanistan beach volleyball coach Kamawal Bakhtawar Shah (left) and players Pardes Safi and S. Habibullah Sadat
Haiyang, China, June 14, 2012 – FIVB President Jizhong Wei took in the action on day three of the beach volleyball competition at the 3rd Asian Beach Games on Fengxiang Beach in China on Thursday.

Ramon Suzara, AVC technical delegate, accompanied President Wei and explained the preparations the AVC and the Organising Committee had made for Games, which are running until June 22.

Beach volleyball in Asia has been one of area that Mr Wei has tried to develop in his time as FIVB President and he said he is a firm believer that participation is more important than success in multi-sports events like the Asian Beach Games.

A total of 49 men’s teams from 28 national federations and 25 women’s teams from 15 national federations are competing at the Beach Games, the biggest participation of any sport being played at the week-long competition.

Participation in the Asian Beach Games has increased dramatically since the first edition in Bali, Indonesia in 2008. Aside from being the biggest crowd-drawer, the beach volleyball programme has brought many benefits for participating teams.

For the new and underdeveloped teams, the competition provides a good learning ground to develop skills, improve training methods, and adapt to the proper playing conditions. It is also an equal opportunity for all national federations to compete against the best teams in Asia.

Teams of from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan may be first-timers at the Games but their experience will certainly bring a good future in beach volleyball.

Afghanistan coach Kamawal Bakhtawar Shah explained the current situation facing his team.

“We just formed the team two years ago, so we are relatively new to this kind of competition,” he said. “Playing in the Asian Beach Games is good for my team because we can learn a lot in this discipline and it will be good for our future.”

For Afghanistan players Pardes Safi and S. Habibullah Sadat, seeing the best teams in Asia and being in a suitable playing environment are just two steps to helping the development of beach volleyball in their country.

“I have seen good teams like China and Japan during training,” Safi said. “Just seeing how they train is already good for us.”

“We do not have good playing courts like these – the courts here have good quality sand,” added Sadat. “We want to find good quality sand because we really want to promote beach volleyball in Afghanistan.”

The high-level of competition and playing conditions provided by the Organizing Committee is a clear reflection that beach volleyball is indeed developing and spreading widely across the Asian region.

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