Bangkok, Thailand, August 27, 2019 – Maldives and Bangladesh have been confirmed to respectively host the Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Central Zone Volleyball Championships in March 2020 following the Asian Central Zone Annual General Meeting at Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 23, 2019.
Presidents/Secretary-Generals of Volleyball National Federations/Associations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Nepal attended the one-day meeting. Pakistan gave proxy to Iran and Tajikistan, while Kazakhstan gave proxy to Kyrgyzstan.
Mr Jagat Bahadur Sunar, Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports was the Chief Guest in the meeting, while President of Asian Central Zone Dr Mohammad Reza Davarzani, Md Ibrahim, Deputy Sports Minister of Maldives, Mr Pitambar Timisina, Vice President of National Sports Council of Nepal, also attended the opening ceremony as guests of honour.
Mr Jitendra Bahadur Chand, Secretary-General of Nepal Volleyball Association, delivered a welcome speech as hosts, followed by Goodwill speeches from Mr Timisina and Mr Jeevan Ram Shrestha, President of Nepal Olympic Committee.
In the beginning of the meeting, the agenda and the Minutes of the previous meeting had been approved by all members, while President of Asian Central Zone Dr Mohammad Reza Davarzani gave an overview of the President’s Activity Report to allow all members chances to look back at some of the important projects the Asian Central Zone have so far initiated as well as competitions and activities held the past year and the run-up to development activities and competitions to be organised next year.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Nepal Volleyball Association for hosting this meeting. Furthermore, the growing countries in the sport of volleyball such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan are developing in leaps and bounds by holding senior Central Zone Volleyball Championship in our region,” cited Dr Davarzani.
“I’m proud to say that Asian Central Zone is a big market of volleyball and we will try to bring Mikasa/Molten in our region for sponsorship. In terms of the meeting, I believe that there will be more activities of volleyball in our region. I will do my best for the sustainable development of volleyball in Asian Central Zone and at least, we need more development programs to get support from FIVB,” added the President of Asian Central Zone.
The report detailed key achievements in volleyball and beach volleyball over the last year, and examined the Central Zone’s initiatives to make volleyball in the region more accessible for everyone. In terms of the activity calendar for 2019 and 2020, the Asian Central Zone had taken the Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship 2019, Men/Women Volleyball in 2020 and Beach Volleyball in 2020 into consideration.
Decisions made in the meeting were on development of volleyball in Asian Central Zone as well as current issues on Maldives, issue of India and Subzone North Central Asia Volleyball Organisation (NCAVO).
The 2019 and 2020 calendar activities were also raised for further discussions. As per decisions taken in Maldives in 2018, for the development of women’s volleyball in Asian Central Zone, Bangladesh will host the Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship in November, 2019.
It was also agreed in principle that all member countries consent to continue the Men/Women Championships. Maldives will host the 2020 Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship after the decision of FIVB in their internal dispute and Bangladesh Volleyball Federation will organise the Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship in March 2020.
At the same time, the Volleyball Association of Maldives and Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation will organise the Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Central Zone Beach Volleyball in 2020.
Other key points on development and promotion of volleyball in Asian Central Zone were also raised in the meeting which emphasised on youth volleyball for development of volleyball in the region, India, Iran and Kazakhstan to support smaller Volleyball Federations, exchange of players through Volleyball Federations, age group volleyball tournaments to be soon held in the Asian Central Zone, website to be updated for Asian Central Zone and Challenger Cup to be done among Asian Zone member countries.
The meeting was later informed that Mr Ramavtar Singh Jahar, Secretary-General of Volleyball Federation of India has been nominated as a Member of AVC Board of Administration and Mr Clitch, Secretary-General of Kyrgyzstan Volleyball Federation as Acting Secretary-General of Asian Central Zone as we as the current issue of Maldives, of which the final decision-making process will be made by FIVB.
The next Asian Central Zone Annual General Meeting is due to be held in Bangladesh in 2020.
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