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New AVC Headquarters inaugurated in Thailand

 
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° (right) and AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser (second right) were joined by distinguished guests at the inauguration of the AVC Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand
 
Bangkok, Thailand, December 3, 2014 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° joined distinguished guests at the official inauguration of the new AVC Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday.

The inauguration took place on the 24th floor of the new Sports Authority of Thailand Building in the Hua Mark Sports Complex in Bangkok
. Guests of honour included FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, Olympic Committee of Thailand President General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Tourism and Sports Vice Minister Associate Professor Dr. Chavenee Tongroach, FIVB Honorary Life President Mr Wei Jizhong, FIVB Executive Vice-President & Treasurer and African Volleyball Confederation President Dr. Amr Elwani and FIVB Executive Vice-President and AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser.

The ceremony opened with a spectacular traditional dance show followed by speeches by Thailand Volleyball Association President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang and AVC President Dr. Bin Nasser. AVC President Dr. Bin Nasser explained that the confederation was established in 1952 and had its first headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The AVC moved to Beijing, China in 1997. The new location for the confederation's headquarters was decided at a meeting of the AVC Board of Administration in Incheon, Korea in April this year.

Prior to giving his speech, FIVB President
Graça proposed toasts in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand's 87th birthday on December 5 and praised Thailand for its determined efforts to help develop volleyball to Asia.

"Today, for me, is a historical day. Everyone will remember this auspicious moment. I always said that working with the FIVB is a matter of change and an opportunity. I believe in Thailand and I believe in volleyball in Thailand," said President Graça.

“I believe that Thailand have the potential to help develop volleyball in Asia. The 12 staff members at the AVC Headquarters in Bangkok will have to work hard to achieve this goal. They have to offer help and support to 65 affiliated member federations in Asia. This is just the beginning of their task and the staff members at the AVC Headquarters still have a lot of things to learn. However, I am confident they can handle all problems effectively and make the AVC Headquarters in Bangkok run smoothly. I am also sure that the AVC Headquarters in Bangkok will soon be growing the development of volleyball in Asia,” he added.

FIVB President Graça presented congratulatory plaques to AVC President Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser, TVA President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang and OCT President General Yuthasak Sasiprapha.

The inauguration was followed by a visit of the new AVC Headquarters, which are located on the 12th floor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Building in Bangkok.




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