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AVC welcomes FIVB President Graça

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° is welcomed to the AVC Headquarters in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, December 1, 2014 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° arrived in Thai capital city Bangkok on Monday for the official inauguration of the new Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Headquarters in Thailand, which will take place on Tuesday on the 24th floor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Building in the Hua Mark Sports Complex in Bangkok.

The Headquarters have been moved from Beijing to Bangkok following an AVC Board of Administration meeting in Incheon, South Korea in April this year. The office in Bangkok was first opened in October and will be fully operational as of January 1, 2015.

AVC President Saleh A. Bin Nasser, Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) President Somporn Chaibangyang and Shanrit Wongprasert, TVA’s Honorary President and a FIVB Board of Administration Member, gave FIVB President Graça a warm welcome at the Suvarnbhumi International Airport.

Speaking to Thai journalists, President Graça said, "The shift of the AVC Headquarters from Beijing to Bangkok was carried out in line with a decision by the AVC's Board of Administration. There are many positives to the move and we supported the AVC's decision. Firstly, Bangkok is situated in the centre of Asia. No matter where you are in Asia, you can arrive in Bangkok conveniently. Thus, it will help save travel costs when Board Members have to attend a meeting in Thailand.

"Secondly, Thai fans are passionate about volleyball and the move will help the development of the sport in the country. Volleyball has grown in popularity in Thailand and the women's national team is also making its mark with strong performances at international tournaments. I believe Thailand is well positioned to become a volleyball hub in Asia.

"With the Headquarters shifted to Bangkok, communications with the AVC’s 65 affiliated member countries are set to receive a significant boost, which will help the development of both indoor and beach volleyball. Beach volleyball has improved drastically in Asia -  even a small country like Vanuatu has proved that it can be successful at major overseas beach competitions. I hope that after this, small countries will develop even more and receive full support from the AVC Headquarters in Thailand."

AVC President Dr Saleh A. Bin Nasser from Saudi Arabia arrived in Bangkok on November 27. He held a meeting with the AVC Headquarters’ staff to review preparations for the inauguration on Tuesday, which is due to be held on the 24th floor of the SAT Building - the AVC Headquarters are on the building's 12th floor.

Meanwhile, most of the AVC Board of Administration members arrived in Bangkok on Monday, while others are expected to reach the city early Tuesday morning.

The ceremony will take place from 11.00 local time
. The inauguration will also be attended by: Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Olympic Committee of Thailand President, Tourism and Sports Vice Minister Assoc Prof Dr Chavenee Tongroach and TVA President Somporn Chaibangyang.


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