Bangkok, Thailand, February 22, 2019 – The AVC Beach Volleyball Committee Meeting, chaired by Mr Craig Carracher, himself one of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission Members, took place at the Dusit Princess Srinakharin Hotel Bangkok on Tuesday, discussing its future event strategy including the Asian Tour events and the AVC Continental Cup.
Following an approval of the Minutes of the previous AVC BVC Meeting, Mr Craig informed the meeting of the recent FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. According to the Meeting, the Commission looked specifically at the key FIVB beach volleyball events, including the FIVB World Tour and the upcoming 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships from June 28 to July 7, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. There, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games updates was another significant item on the agenda.
An important topic on the Asian Tour was also raised into discussion at the AVC Beach Volleyball Committee Meeting on Tuesday. The Committee members agreed in principle to purpose this matter to the upcoming AVC Board of Administration for further consideration.
According to the discussion, the Committee would like all Asian Tour events to be held by the FIVB, which will see the Asian Tour turned into an FIVB World Tour, one- or two-star event up to the conditions. The meeting realised that to host an Asian Tour event, a prize money of US$10,000 will be at stake, while the host country has to provide boarding and lodging for all participants and the AVC have to pay per diem for officials in charge in the event including the Technical Delegate and all five referees as well as their travelling expense. This is a rather expensive cost which, according to the discussion, the AVC and the host country might find it a heavy financial burden to shoulder.
If all Asian Tour events will be hosted by the FIVB, making them the FIVB World Tour events, the prize money up for grabs will be just US$5,000 for each World Tour event. However, if this matter will be taken into consideration by the FIVB depends on a decision of the world’s governing body. The Committee remain firm on their decision to firstly submit the matter for the AVC BA Meeting for consideration. Nonetheless, according to the Committee Meeting, the AVC remain responsible for hosting the Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships and all Age Group competitions.
In addition, the Committee Meeting also made a comment on the Asian countries paying less attention in hosting the AVC Continental Cup, especially Phase 1 and Phase 2. The Meeting hope high that all Asian countries will become more active in hosting and taking part in beach volleyball events in Asia.
During the meeting, other main topics including the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Germany and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games updates, reports and the 2019 beach volleyball competition calendar were also taken into consideration and recommendation.
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