AVC office move takes shape
FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Wei Jizhong and AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser with key government and sports officials of Thailand|
Bangkok, Thailand, June 3, 2014 – Key
officials of the Asian Volleyball Confederation visited Bangkok for an
inspection as the decision to transfer the headquarters of Asia’s governing
body for volleyball from Beijing to the Thai capital is being finalised.
FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Wei
Jizhong and AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser were in town to attend the historic
meeting and inspect the proposed locations for the AVC office.
The AVC Executive Board decided to move its
office to Bangkok based on the city’s strategic location. Other considerations
were made such as the convenience on the flight connections in its
international airports and the increasing popularity of the sport in recent
years. Likewise, updated volleyball information can be communicated efficiently
in Thailand via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
After careful deliberation, Bangkok was
selected as the most suitable location for the headquarters over other
locations such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates from the Western Asian
zone, and Japan from the East Asian zone.
AVC First Vice-President Essa Hamzah Al
Failakawi, Thailand Volleyball Association president Somporn Chaibangyang,
Major General Charouck Arirachakaran, vice president and secretary general of
the Olympic Committee of Thailand, and deputy governor Montri Chaiphan from the
Sports Authority of Thailand, also joined the meeting at Tubtim Siam Room at
the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel.
AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser
presented plaques to the attendees including Mr Somporn and Maj. Gen. Charouck.
A press conference was held after the
completion of the meeting, with Mr Wei Jizong and and Mr Somporn jointly
presiding the conference. Mr Somporn expressed the eagerness of the national
federation in this progressive move by the confederation in front of the many
media representatives present during the conference.
“We are very pleased to be entrusted by the
AVC to relocate the headquarters in Bangkok. We are ready to make a good
cooperation with the AVC. I recognise that this is such a big responsibility but
I am confident that there will be an excellent cooperation between us, and we
will do our best to overcome all obstacles. We are ready to move ahead with the
Mr Wei Jizhong highlighted the deliberation
process of the AVC in transferring the headquarters to the Thai capital in line
with the fast development of the sport.
“Volleyball has become an increasingly
popular sport,” Mr Wei said. “To cope well with the fast development of the
sport, AVC has initiated the plan of moving its head office to Bangkok. At last
month’s AVC Board of Administration meeting in Incheon, Korea, we all agreed in
principle about the transfer of the AVC head office.
“We had three considerations – the first
one is to maintain the AVC head office in Beijing, the second is to move the office
from Beijing to Tokyo, and the last one is to move the office to Bangkok. After
the discussions, we found that the move from Beijing to Bangkok was the best
choice. That is why Dr. Saleh, Mr Essah Hamzah and I are here in Bangkok to
inspect the locations.”
Dr. Saleh was inspired on the move to
Bangkok but was also thankful for the invaluable support that China gave for
the years that the confederation office had been located in Beijing.
“I am very happy to come here because I
have a lot of good friends in Bangkok who are part of my volleyball family,”
Dr. Saleh said. “I would like to thank China, its national federation and the
different working groups that devoted their time in driving the AVC to move
forward. They all worked hard and they have done a great job.
“Since the AVC head office was located in
Beijing, Asian Volleyball has improved in leaps and bounds and with such a
remarkable development. I would like to give China the thumbs up for their
determined efforts. The AVC is the world’s largest confederation with a total
of 65 member federations. It was not easy task to deal with various assignments
and issues. China have already proven that they could accomplish any obstacle."
The AVC president also mentioned about the
inspection and the decision where the final location will be made.
“During the presentation in our meeting earlier, we received substantial
information and worthy explanations that Bangkok indeed was the soundest
decision. After this, we will inspect the location and we will make a final
decision among the three proposed locations for the AVC office.”
Thailand Volleyball Association Honorary
President and AVC Sports Events chairman, Shanrit Wongprasert, revealed about
the three proposed locations for the office. Mr Shanrit proposed the
newly-constructed 25-storey Sports Authority of Thailand Building, which is
adjacent to their national federation office. The second proposed location is
at the Sports Office at Ramkhamhaeng University, located 400 metres from the
Sports Authority of Thailand building, and the third location is at a furnished
house near Suvarnabhumi Airport.
“An estimated budget of USD500,000 will be
allocated in case that buying the office near the airport is necessary. The
investment is likely to be good for the AVC as the price of land has been
increasing every year.
“Certainly, we will carry the heavy load to
cope well with all the activities of the AVC head office has to deal with. We
have to work hard round-the-clock. If we cooperate well, I believe our
assignments can be fulfilled as planned. After the inspection, we still have
about one month until the AVC will inform us which among the three locations
will be the best choice for the AVC head office.
“Then we have to recruit more staff to work
in various areas as well as hire some more qualified persons from abroad to
take charge of the office. Despite the daunting tasks ahead, I am optimistic
that we can put everything in place.”