2014 AVC Board of Administration meeting held in Korea
Inchon, Korea, April 30, 2014 - The AVC Board of Administration chaired by President Dr. Ben Nasser concluded their one-day meeting on Tuesday where key decisions were made concerning the development and growth of the sport of volleyball across Asia.
The meeting started with an opening address by AVC President Dr. Nasser who encouraged all members to focus on what lies ahead. “Although many aspects of our work have been improved in the last two years, I would like to draw the attention of our dear colleagues and AVC family members that there is still a long way to go and we must work harder to make things happen.”
AVC President Dr. Nasser added, “Under the magnificent leadership of FIVB President, Dr. Ary Graca, who took the torch from Mr. Jizhong Wei, former FIVB President and current Honorary Life FIVB President to continue the democracy and transparency of FIVB, he also starts a new era by carrying out waves of pioneering reforms for the sport of volleyball to implement the principle of universality thus bringing our sport to more developing countries and to make our sport more appealing in the TV and new media. AVC with all its 65 affiliated national federations will strongly support all the programmes from the FIVB.”
The FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Wei Jizhong informed the meeting of important decisions and suggestions from the FIVB Board, which include a change to the term of FIVB President, the age limitation of the FIVB President, and an adjustment to the FIVB structure.
In the morning session, the five zonal vice-presidents presented their activity reports, including their particular development programmes covering volleyball and beach volleyball, as well as the different tournaments organised in 2013 and the calendars for 2014.
The Board of Administration approved the latest updates on the various competitions scheduled for 2014 and 2015 with a busy volleyball and beach volleyball season coming up this year.
The Board of Administration meeting also approved the AVC Sports Events Council proposals:
- To hold the AVC Boys’ U18 and Girls’ U17 tournament in even years as opposed to odd, from 2017 in order to reduce the competitions in an even year, which is when the Asian Games, World Championships and Olympic Games are held.
- To limit the participating teams in AVC official Championships to 16, but a free open entry will apply if an organiser is willing to take more than 16 teams
- To make some adjustments in the competitions schedule from 2015 in order to avoid conflict with the FIVB events as much as possible.
The Board also confirmed the timeline for the second edition of the AVC Continental Cup submitted by the Beach Volleyball Council, which is the qualification tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The qualification process will be staged in four phases starting from June 1, 2014 with the finals scheduled for June 20-26, 2016.
The development programmes were an important part of the meeting with three reports under discussion, including a report on the Continental Development Programme. Ramon Suzara, Chairman of the AVC Development and Marketing Committee explained the Continental Development plan from 2013 to 2016, with the aim of ensuring continuous development and implementation of the programmes for category I and II national federations in order to encourage these national federations to participate in the zonal and the Asian youth and junior championships.
Among the development topics discussed during the meeting was the financial assistance to national federations, especially those in category I and II and zonal associations, the distribution of equipment and the organisation of courses and seminars.
The board members approved the AVC Financial report from 2013 and the budget corresponding to the period 2014-2016 They also approved the proposals submitted by other commissions including Finance, Development and Marketing, Coaches, Refereeing and Medical.