Dr. Nasser requests AVC members to focus on the task ahead
Incheon, Korea, April 29, 2014 – The AVC president Dr. Ben Nasser presented the President’s Report to the AVC Board of Administration meeting covering the main points since Macao 2013.
The president reviewed an impressive year for the sport of volleyball and beach volleyball, but encouraged members to work together in the future on what promises to be an exciting opportunity for the sport of volleyball.
The President noted that, “With strong support from the FIVB and close cooperation from the AVC National Federations, the AVC has done its utmost to promote and develop all kinds of competitions and other activities."
In competition, the AVC achieved a breakthrough in 2013 both in volleyball and beach volleyball:
- The Asian junior and youth squads of China, Japan and Iran have made impressive impact on the world volleyball family, with the Chinese and Japanese women’s junior and youth teams completing a successful voyage around the women’s age-group categories;
- The Chinese women’s duo Xue Chen and Zhang Xi won the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship and became the first pair in the history of the tournament to win the women’s World Championship title aside from Brazil and USA;
- A record number of 29 national federations, including 28 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams took part in the Asian Qualification Tournaments for the 2014 World Championships, compared with 20 men’s and 11 women’s teams in the 2010 edition.
Dr. Nasser stressed that “Development is always an important and urgent task facing the AVC. We tried very hard to hold various courses. A total of 51 various courses and seminars, including management seminars, coaches courses, technical seminars, VCP courses, VIS courses and teachers courses, were held at the level of national federations, zones and continental levels, much more than in 2012.”
Dr. Nasser said, "Volleyball festivals, Cool Volley and volleyball at schools are an indispensable part of development and the AVC has actively organised a number of these activities so as to introduce volleyball to young people."
He added that with the AVC’s special attention, there has been a big improvement in the Confederation’s management over the past year.
However, the AVC President kept cool as he said, "There is still a long way to go and we must work harder to make things happen. The AVC, in the short term and long term, still needs the guidance and help from the FIVB as well as our colleagues from other Confederations. Our AVC Development Programmes needs to be enriched in order to create equal opportunity for all our affiliated national federations to implement, even starting from fundamental activities at the grassroots level."
He summarised three major points of improvements anticipated in 2014 and 2015.
First, the AVC will establish a system to help affiliated national federations start the national team programme to involve as many countries as possible to participate in the qualification tournaments of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for both volleyball and beach volleyball. The national team programme is vital to the level of performance of the country concerned. The AVC will provide guidelines and a basic structure to national federations in category I and II on how to start, organise and participate in the programme. Additional efforts will be made to help the national federations in category III by introducing experienced coaches and team managers,
Secondly, the AVC will customise its strategic plan by emphasising different goals and objectives for national federations in the five zones. The AVC will also create detailed procedures for fund applications, expert tutoring and supervising during and after the implementation. Each AVC Technical Committee and Board of Administration member will be responsible for leading a group of national federations and will provide all around assistance in achieving these goals.
Third, the AVC will reform its structures to catch up with recent development trends and create a modern organisation that will satisfy the needs of its stakeholders.
Dr. Nasser concluded his report by saying, “The AVC, as a supporting institution of FIVB, is always standing united, to safeguard the FIVB interest and fully support the FIVB with President Dr. Ary Graça as its leader.”