AVC Board of Administration approve key decisions during meeting in Macau
At the meeting members of the Board of Administration firmed up the 2014 World Championship Qualification process and decided to limit the number of participating teams in the finals of the AVC Senior Championships to 16. It was also decided that at least half of each team taking part in the AVC Cup must be made up of national players.
The Board was pleased to hear that 31 AVC national federations have registered to enter the qualification process for the 2014 World Championships. There are 29 men’s and 16 women’s teams scheduled to participate – a record number for the AVC. It is significant increase from 2010 when only 20 men’s and 11 women’s teams took part in the qualifications.
Also approved were key proposals from the Beach Volley Council, which included the competition system for the second Continental Cup, the qualification system for the Beach Volleyball Age-Specific World Championships, the establishment of the AVC Beach Volleyball Refereeing Working Panel, and the launch of the AVC Pro-Beach Tour Master in the latter part of 2013.
It was also decided that the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup will be played from 2013 to 2016 in four categories: the development division, zonal final, semifinal and finals.
The Board acknowledged the success of the first AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and highlighted the record number of AVC members participating, which contributed greatly to the development of beach volleyball in the region. The Board called on the AVC’s national federations to continue their active participation in the next edition of the tournament.
The Board also decided that the AVC General Assembly will be held in Dubai (UAE) in conjunction with the 17th Asian Senior Men’s Championship in September and unanimously endorsed the measures proposed by AVC Executive Committee to improve the AVC’s management structure. The following was decided:
- The AVC will keep its headquarters in Beijing;
- Mr. Taizaburo Nakano, AVC Executive Vice-President, will be in charge of development and marketing for the AVC and will head up the office for this purpose in Tokyo;
- Mr. Shanrit Wongprasert, AVC SEC Chairman, will be in charge of AVC sports and technical matters;
- Mr. Essa Hamza, Chairman of the AVC Financial Committee will look after allfinancial matters.
All these activities will come under the supervision of the AVC President and the new appointees are required provide regular reports of their activities to the AVC President.
The Board also approved reports from the AVC’s Finance Commission, which included a review of the 2012 budget and an approval of the 2013 budget.
Mr. Jungo Morita from Japan will now replace Zhu Jiaming who resigned from his position.
FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President, Jizhong Wei was nominated special adviser to the Confederation. In his opening speech Dr. Nasser welcomed Mr Wei to the proceeding saying, “Your presence at the meeting is a great support and inspiration to us and will push all of us to double our efforts to develop volleyball and beach volleyball in AVC region.”
Dr. Nasser also expressed his appreciation for all the work done by members of the Board of Administration in advancing the efforts of the Confederation and encouraged them to continue their efficient work.
In his address to the Board, Mr Jizhong Wei said, “The FIVB is now entering a new era. What I did in my term is to try my best to work together with my colleagues to correct the wrong doings of the past. Now it is the time that we look forward and we have to maintain solidarity to meet all the challenges. This is what the FIVB is doing now. From the AVC side, AVC President Bin Nasser is also doing his utmost to meet the challenges.”
"It is very important for the AVC to maintain its solidarity and rely on the efforts of all to work together so as to allow the AVC to continue its progress step by step,” he concluded.