Beach Sports Association founded in Russia
The decision to establish the Association was adopted in the summer of 2013 during the XXII Summer Universiade in Kazan. This initiative was supported by Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee who offered to support this idea with a number of sports federations.
Positive feedback for the proposal was received by the Russian Volleyball Federation, Russian Tennis Federation, National Badminton Federation, Russian Football Union, Russian Wrestling Federation, Russian Rugby Federation.
The agenda of the conference included several important issues including: 1) approval for the Organising Committee's report; 2) establishment of the Association; 3) approval of the organisation's charter; and 4) elections for the governing and auditing departments.
Gaik Magakelyan’s (President of the Afina Pallada Group) candidature for the post of President of the Association received unanimous supported from all members. Dmitry Bielavsky, Shamil Tarpischev, Sergey Shahray and Stanislav Shevchenko, President of Russian Volleyball Federation were named Vice-Presidents of the organization.
"I would like to congratulate Mr. Magakelyan on his election as president of the Association. This is a man who is a friend of sports. The Volleyball Federation of Russia has organised more than one competition with "Afina Pallada" in close cooperation with Mr. Magakelyan. For sure, this is a good choice," Stanislav Shevchenko commented on the appointment.
Ilya Volodarsky, FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission member and Moscow Grand Slam's promoter was named General Director of the Beach Sports Association.
"Thank you for your trust, dear colleagues. Throughout the years we conducted the preparatory work for the establishment of this beach sports Association. I am glad that now we can officially confirm that foundation of this organization in our country. We will work for the development of beach sports in Russia and will try to provide the necessary support to all the federations involved in beach life, ", - said General Director of the Association Ilya Volodarsky.
The main objectives and activities of the Association will be beach sports development in the Russian regions, hosting the competitions in beach sports, the creation of indoor beach sports centers along with international activities.
It was stressed that the Association will not interfere in the activities of federations themselves, but only to create additional opportunities for the development of controlled beach disciplines.
"I want to thank all the members of the presidium for the trust and support. Beach sports are actively developing in Russia and around the world. Our Association will try to provide support to federations in these areas, without interfering in their sports activities. We want to create a platform for the development of beach sports from the mass to professional level in all regions," said Gaik Magakelyan.