Africa's Sports Organising Commission meets in Egypt
The Algeria girls' team representing Africa in the 2011 World Championships in Turkey|
Cairo, Egypt, November 15, 2012 – The Sports Organising Commission of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) is meeting in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday to study a new format of age category continental championships, depending on preliminary zonal qualifications.
The intention is to allow all African national federations to participate in these competitions, which will act as qualifiers for the FIVB Youth and Junior World Championships in 2013.
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 men's and women's junior competitions as well as the boys’ and girls’ youth competitions.
The FIVB increased the number of vacancies for Africa in all the age categories to four at both the Men’s Junior and Boys’ Youth World Championships, and three at the Women’s Junior and Girls’ Youth World Championships. There are now a total of 14 vacancies instead of the eight slots available to Africa in 2011.
In the past, there has not been a high level of African participation in age group competition at biannual events.
Also under discussion will be the organisers of the 2013 African Championships (including the Men’s and Women’s Club Championships) in April and the Senior Men’s and Women’s African Nations Championships in September next year.
"The aim of the CAVB is to increase the number of teams in the finals by making participation possible through the zonal qualifications, with the least cost possible to the national federations by taking into consideration the geographical location of each qualification event so that teams can travel by road," said CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani.
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 qualifications.
“We need to see all the affiliated national federations participating in these zonal qualifications because this will increase the interest in the sport at the grass roots level,” he added.
The CAVB President is heading the commission meeting alongside the Commission Board supervisor Camilo Antao (Mozambique) and the Commission Presidents Kalala Lucbeau (Congo RD), 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).