Bangkok, Thailand, November 14, 2017 – Cooperations between the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the European Volleyball Confederation are poised to reach new heights following the Tuesday’s meeting agreed in principle between the AVC and CEV Families at the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld Bangkok.
Ahead of the 22nd AVC General Assembly on Wednesday, the AVC held a bilateral meeting with the CEV with aims of reviewing their good cooperation and proposing new projects among them.
The meeting was jointly chaired by FIVB Vice-President and CEV President Mr Aleksandar Boricic and AVC President Dr Saleh A. Bin Nasser. Also in attendance in the meeting were CEV Senior Vice-President Mr Renato Arena, CEV Vice-President Mr Hanno Pevkur, FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Mr Wei Jizhong, AVC Executive Vice-President Mr Essa Hamzah Alfailakawi, AVC Zonal Executive Vice-President of Western Zone Mr Ibrahim Abdul Malik Mohammed, AVC Zonal Executive Vice-President of Southeastern Zone Mr Shanrit Wongprasert and AVC General Manager Dr Rueangsak Siriphol.
Dr Saleh A. Bin Nasser started the meeting by extending a warm welcome to the CEV executives, praising the European counterparts to have steps for a successful brand building process the AVC are following for future achievement.
Mr Boricic expressed his satisfaction over cooperation and the exchange among the two continent’s volleyball-governing bodies.
One of the interesting topics raised for discussion in the meeting was the New School Project. This development project is initiated to help upgrade the standard of school coaches and maximise their competence for future success.
Furthermore, the exchange of competitions among the two continents every year or every two years including the European and Asian all-stars event, the competition between the best European and the Asian Clubs as well as beach volleyball and snow volleyball competitions was also taken for consideration during the two-hour meeting.
Mr Wei Jizhong viewed that in Asia, the New School Project does not lie within the responsibility of the federation, but the government. However, he admitted that the project plays a vital role in increasing development level of children who stand a chance of being selected as the best of the bunch to join the nation team in the near future.
Tactically and technically compared, national teams from Europe and Asia are in different levels which might see one side prove too strong for another team. On the other hand, a club competition between teams from Europe and Asia is more closely-contested.
Mr Hanno Pevkur said that a project to exchange the competition between Asia and Europe, where only the best players from the two continents will join the fray, is a good idea and he has been satisfied with the progress made so far for the project.
“More than half of each continent are small federations. I think it should be a good idea that these small nations start with beach volleyball, which we can invest on a small budget. Certainly, to build up a strong team in the future, we have to start from a school level before moving up to club level. I still believe that marketing, club administration, technical assistance and crowd supports are all necessary to help accomplish the New School Project,” Mr Renato Arena opined.
In his final remark, Mr Aleksandar Boricic admitted that the New School Project will help promote the volleyball development despite the fact that financial support is necessary for promoting a sport.
“To make a success of the New School Project, we have to merge sport with business. I’m also convinced that both Europe and Asia can make use of social network to develop volleyball,” Boricic concluded.
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