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VCP courses promoting beach volleyball in Afghanistan

TV Interview between FIVB instructor, Mr. Johann Huber and the president of the Afghan Volleyball Federation, Dr. Mohammad Yonus Imal Popalzay
Kabul, Afghanistan, April 11, 2013 – Beach volleyball is experiencing major growth in Afghanistan, where more beach courts are being built and players are travelling to compete internationally.

Just years after players were limited to national play, beach volleyball in the country is getting a boost, with help from the FIVB's Volleyball Cooperation Programme (VCP) and the leadership of President of the Afghan Volleyball Federation (AVF), Dr. Mohammad Yonus Imal Popalzay.

"During the 2010 FIVB Congress in the development seminar, the FIVB mentioned that running federation and volleyball development is not a one man job and needs a committed team," Dr. Popalzay said. "Based on that guidance, I am so happy that AVF now has a team of more than 50 members who approved the following major amendments."

Inclusion of women devision
Inclusion of beach volleyball
Defining role of the Board and of each member and commission

AVF’s efforts to bring Afghanistan beach volleyball teams to a high competition level has already seen success. A few years ago, players did not have any international activity, but now they are travelling to compete against teams in zonal and Asian competitions.

Etisalat, a mobile phone company, is also supporting the teams’ development as a sponsor, providing funds used for travel costs.

Beach volleyball in Afghanistan is expected to continue to grow, as VCP courses are conducted in all provinces, including Kabul, where there is currently only one beach volleyball court. 

The VCP has supported development cooperation since 1989. The main objectives are to generate development and to ensure that volleyball and beach volleyball take firm root within countries and regions that many would think impossible.

Learn more about the VCP here.


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