Bangkok, Thailand, October 31, 2020 – Despite the COVID-19 outbreak in its landlocked mountainous country, Afghanistan Volleyball Federation has conducted various competitions and activities in continued efforts of developing and promoting volleyball.
There have been 41,425 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Afghanistan and as of October 31, 1,536 had died, with 34,321 totally recovered and 5,568 hospitalised including 93 in seriously critical conditions. However, the impact of the pandemic failed to dampen AVF’s efforts.
The federation started the “Hunt of Talent” Programe two months ago. Out of more than 120 applications received for the campaign, 67 participants whose qualifications met the criteria have already been selected.
The criteria for those to join the Program were as follows: Players must stand more than 190cm tall with under 19 years of age and have at least two-year volleyball background. An Iranian coach had been invited on this purpose to conduct the training camp for 10 days from October 22 and the program had already come to successful conclusion.
AVF Senior Vice President Mohammad Yousuf Sadeq, himself FIVB Instructor, expressed his gratitude to Mr Mohammad Asadullah, head coach of Afghanistan junior national volleyball team, for his dedication and hard work to select the young talents for the next phase of Afghanistan volleyball.
However, the total amount of 67 participants has been narrowed down, with only 30 players finally chosen. These selected players will take part in the first ever Afghanistan Volleyball League, due to get off the ground from November 11.
After that, only 18 players will be selected for the Afghanistan national youth team to participate in the next year’s Asian Men’s Under-19 Volleyball Championship in Shiraz, Iran between January 9 and 16.
Actually, AVF has already held one big event in the recently-concluded Kabul Clubs Volleyball Championship in the capital city of Afghanistan between October 8 to 13, 2020 under the slogan “We Are Supporting Peace Talk.”
The six-day tournament was contested among 8 clubs, with Afghanistan National Olympic Committee President, Parliament Members and Deputy Minister of Labours attending the final match as guests of honour.
AVF will next host the first-ever Volleyball League between November 11 and 20, 2020. Thirty players from the youth camp will join the senior players in six zonal teams in this historic competition. The Volleyball Information System (VIS) will be used for the first time in Afghanistan for the result management in this tournament, while all matches will be broadcast live.
Three Technical Delegates have been invited from Islamic Republic of Iran Volleyball Federation to support Afghanistan in conducting the debut Volleyball League.
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