Bangkok, Thailand, June 26, 2022 – The 45th AVC Board of Administration Meeting drew to a fruitful close in Taguig City, Manila, Philippines on Sunday as Members received a number of updates and discussed proposals and key strategic initiatives designed for sustainable development and the growth of the sport in Asia.
The meeting was held in hybrid format at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Philippines and online, with AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo presiding.
Attending the morning session as guests of honour were FIVB President Dr Ary Graca, FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Mr Wei Jizhong, FIVB General Director Mr Fabio Azevedo and FIVB Director for Asia & Oceania Mr Luis Alexandre Pontes Rodrigues.
The meeting was also joined by Senior Executive Vice President & Chairperson of Finance Committee & Zonal Executive Vice President E.Z. Mr Cai Yi from China, Executive Vice President Mr Abdulaziz A. Albalool from Kuwait and other four Zonal Executive Vice Presidents – Mr Hugh Graham from Cook Islands (O.Z.), Mr Ramavtar Singh from India (C.Z.), Mr Ali Ghanem Al-Kuwari from Qatar (W.Z.) and Mr Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai from Thailand (S.E.Z.) as well as BA Members, Presidents of AVC Zonal Volleyball Associations and Chairpersons of AVC Technical Committees.
AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo delivered an opening speech by praising all the working groups for their excellent cooperation in making all activities in the past year memorable successes despite grave concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIVB President Dr Ary Graca also had a speech in the meeting. “We are here to serve the sport and we are here to partner AVC and all National Federations. AVC is the future of volleyball,” he was quoted as saying.
After that, Mr Fabio raised the key issue on FIVB and Volleyball World for further information and discussion, reflecting the commitment of FIVB and Volleyball World to realise the full potential of the sport in Asia which is aimed at securing financial sustainability for AVC, enabling the professionalisation and growth of the Asian volleyball ecosystem and establishing key goals to secure future concrete results together.
With such key initiatives, FIVB and Volleyball World have their sights set on investing AVC Premium events to secure the growth of the sport and its sustainability in Asia to serve millions of fans across the entire region and have 10 AVC teams per gender in the first 32 positions of the World Ranking by the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles.
Following these key initiatives and some further discussions, FIVB President Dr Ary Graca and AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo signed historic long-term partnership which will see FIVB and Volleyball World invest significantly to further professionalise and grow the sport in Asia. The nine-year deal will run from 2024 to 2032, with Volleyball World looking to maximise the commercial potential of AVC senior international events including the men’s and women’s Asian Senior Championships, Asian Club Championships, Asian Beach Volleyball Championships and AVC Cup.
In the afternoon session, Members approved the Minutes of the 44th AVC Board of Administration Meeting on August 24, 2021 and heard reports of the 2022 AVC BA Meeting which included general activity report of AVC by the AVC President and reports of Zonal Activities as well as approval, recommendations and ratification for the report and proposals of Chairpersons of AVC Technical Committees to enhance their respective areas of work.
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