Bangkok, Thailand, September 8, 2020 – The AVC Coaches Committee conducted a successful video interview on Tuesday in search of eight well-qualified candidates for further consideration in the Euro/Asia Coaches Cooperation Project.

On August 27, the Committee held its first meeting via video conference to consider matters related to the coaching development project including the selection criteria for the AVC Candidates. The Committee Members shared their knowledge and experience and made a decision on the further screening and evaluating process for candidates who will be selected to join the next part of the project.

The similar meeting took place again last Thursday, September 3 to discuss further steps of the selection process.

In the Tuesday’s meeting, candidates were given the opportunity to speak directly to the Coaches Committee Members inviting them for an exclusive video interview. In fact, a total of 16 candidates from 14 AVC Affiliated National Federations comprising two each from Afghanistan and Thailand and one apiece from China, DPR Korea, Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, Australia, Palau and Singapore had initially confirmed participation in the project.

However, 6 applicants were not selected for the first round of interviews as their qualifications did not meet the selection criteria set by the AVC Coaches Committee earlier – candidates must be either volleyball coaches working with underage categories or players at the end of their career with willingness to develop professional coaching career. They must have a proficient level of speaking and writing English, while age and experience are not exclusive despite the fact that not over 35 is desirable.

A total of 10 candidates joined the video interview on Tuesday, one by one, 15 minutes apart, with AVC Coaches Committee Members.

AVC Expert Mr G.E. Sridharan from India and AVC Coaches Committee Chairman Mr Park Ki-Won from Korea jointly chaired the meeting and the interviews. Also attending were Mr Mohammad Ahmed Althawadi from Bahrain, Mr Mahmoud Afshadoust from Iran, Ms Feng Kun from China, Mr Gen Kawakita from Japan, Mr Russell Bourgeaud from Australia, Mr Shihab Al-din Bin Ahmed Said Al-Riyamy, Coach and Physical Trainer and FIVB Instructor from Oman as AVC Expert Working Team for Euro/Asia Coaches Cooperation Project, Ms Phenyada Fuengtharnthip AVC Secretariat Director and AVC Development Coordinator Ms Mingkwan Pusiddusid.

Among 10 candidates joining the interviews on Tuesday, only 8 will make the cut for the next round of interviews. After getting an approval by its Board of Administration Members, AVC will announce the 8 candidates selected for further consideration on September 15.

As agreed, the two Confederations (CEV and AVC) will be interviewing candidates and each will shortlist eight candidates/coaches by mid-September 2020 before the two experts (AVC Expert Mr G.E. Sridharan and CEV Expert Mr Gert Vande Broek) will narrow the group down to eight candidates in total (4 from each Confederation).

These will follow a programme offering a complete package of multidisciplinary activities. The experts are expected to announce the names of the last eight candidates/coaches retained to join the programme by October 15, 2020.

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