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Bangkok, Thailand, February 26, 2018 – The launch delay of the 2019 Competition Calendar is likely to affect the AVC’s advanced planning and strategic management for major competitions including the 2019 Asian Senior Volleyball Championship, an option to be used as a qualifying tournament to seek two teams from Asia for the FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament, the first qualification event for the following year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

AVC Executive Vice President Mr Essa Hamzah and AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert jointly chaired a meeting held among members from the AVC Sports Events Council and the AVC Referees Committee to brainstorm ideas and seek appropriate solutions to the shortage of financial supports, which resulted in AVC’s decisive decision to reduce the development-related activities which include conducting referee and coaches courses.

Mr Essa Hamzah, himself FIVB Executive Vice President and Chairman of the AVC Finance Committee, informed the meeting attendants that lack of the financial supports has drastically affected the AVC’s continued efforts of running development projects and courses. However, the AVC’s activities and competitions, Mr Essa Hamzah insisted, cannot come to an end.

“Despite the insufficient financial supports, we cannot stop running the AVC activities. On the other hand, we will try our best to make things done effectively and efficiently, using the limited amount of the allocated budgets in running AVC activities and hosting competitions. It should make clear that Control Committee members nominated to officiate any future AVC Championship should live in or near the country the Championship is held. This is to help AVC save costs including air fees,” Mr Essa Hamzah explained.

Mr Shanrit proposed that to increase the AVC’s income, a new, commercial volleyball competition such as a special tournament among Asia’s top 4 or top 6 teams should be initially organised and the AVC can seek benefits from it. However, they have to take the possible AVC sponsorship deals clash into consideration before making any decision about this.

AVC Sports Events Council Chairman Dr Eom Han-Joo suggested that if possible, the FIVB throw their financial assistance to the Asian country which always comes up with their supports to the world’s volleyball-governing body by not only competing, but also hosting the FIVB events.

In terms of the recent FIVB Sports Events Council Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Dr Eom Han-Joo informed that the FIVB have already announced the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

A total of 12 teams will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Aside from hosts Japan, the three best-ranked teams each from the World Olympic Qualification Tournament and the FIVB International Olympic Qualification Tournament plus five winners of continental qualification tournaments will make the cut for the 2020 Games.

“However, the AVC cannot make a final decision on the competition days of the Asian Senior Championships. We do not know yet if we, AVC, can apply the rankings of 2019 Asian Senior Championship to select the top two teams to compete in the FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament. The reason is that we do not know yet when the FIVB will organize the FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament,” Dr Eom disclosed.

“If the FIVB has the FIVB World QT (entry deadline) after our 2019 AVC Senior Championship, then it’s possible that we will use the results from the Asian meet to decide the qualified two teams. Nonetheless, if the FIVB has the FIVB World QT (entry deadline) before the 2019 AVC Senior Championship, we have no way to use the rankings of 2019 Asian Senior event. We have to use other information such as, maybe, the rankings of 2017 AVC Senior Championship instead. However, all these matters will be decided during 2018 AVC BA meeting in May since at that time we will know exact information from the FIVB BA meeting,” he added.

The World Olympic Qualification Tournament will feature 12 teams to fight for the first three quotas for the Tokyo Games. They comprise one host team, one winning team from this year’s FIVB World Championship and winners and runners-up from five continents.

“Therefore, it’s necessary that we set the competition days of the 2019 Asian Senior Championship as early as possible. As far as we are concerned, the next year’s AVC and FIVB competition programes will be very tight. It’s very difficult to get the time space for the Asian Señor Championship. If the competition days of the World Olympic Qualification Tournament are fixed, we then can come up with certain schedule of the AVC Senior Championship.

“On May 5, the FIVB Board of Administration Meeting will be held in Lausanne and final decision can be made on crucial topics out there, while the AVC Board of Administration Meeting will take place in Pattaya, Thailand six days later to catch up with the FIVB’s updates and make final decisions on some important matters including the urgent Olympic qualification process,” he confirmed.

On the referee side, AVC Referees Committee Chairman Mr Songsak Chareonpong has informed the attendants about the decisions made at the FIVB Rules of the Games and Refereeing Commission Meeting.

“The FIVB would like all referees to study on new technology including E-Scoresheet apart from improving our English speaking and writing skills. At the same time, I informed them about the refereeing situations in AVC. Only referees from category A and B1 will stand a chance of being nominated to officiate this year’s FIVB competitions,” Songsak said.

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