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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 AVC.

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.”


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