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Bangkok, Thailand, June 4, 2018 – The Southeast Asian Volleyball Association Meeting came to a fruitful conclusion at Dusit Princess Srinakarin Hotel in Bangkok on May 31, with all NFs in Southeast Asia asked to catch up on FIVB and AVC updates and competition calendar in particular.

Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, president of the Thailand Volleyball Association and the Southeast Asian Volleyball Association, chaired the one-day SEAVA Meeting and gave a welcome address to all members in attendance including Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself the AVC Secretary-General and Southeastern Zonal Executive Vice-President, and Mr Jaksuwan Tocharoen, Secretary-General of the TVA and SEAVA.

“I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all of you to Bangkok, not only for the meeting but also on the occasion of the capital city hosting the Volleyball Nations League in the third week. It is a very good opportunity for you to observe the new organization of VNL in order that you can apply to host the world-class competition for promotion of volleyball in your country and in our zone,” Mr Somporn said in his speech.

“This meeting is very important for all of you to catch up on FIVB and AVC updates. Your remarks and suggestions are always welcomed and really needed for the sustainable development and promotion of volleyball in our region.”

The meeting started with an approval of the 2017 Minute and summary of the 2018 FIVB Board of Administration Meeting in Sharm El Sheik in Egypt between May 3 and 4 and summary of the 40th AVC BA Meeting in Pattaya, Thailand on May 11, 2018. The 2017 AVC Championships and Southeast Asian Zonal competitions both indoor and beach volleyball had also been reported to the meeting.

Mr Shanrit, himself FIVB Board of Administration Member, reported that the World League and World Grand Prix, the annual men’s and women’s top-flight volleyball competitions purely organised for commercial purposes, have already been cancelled and replaced by the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) as of 2018.

He added that the FIVB confirmed to be partner with Microsoft and invest to create the platform in order to get more income and all the NFs can similarly obtain the income with their own National Leagues from this platform also.

The meeting heard the updated reports on the problems-prone NFs comprising the Philippines, Kuwait, India and American Samoa. Mr Shanrit said that the problems have already been cleared and the air of doubts and uncertainty came up with positive outcomes.

Furthermore, all the FIVB Regulations which have been changed and modified will also be updated and circulated to all NFs. The important informations included the FIVB BA Members, who from now will be elected by FIVB Congress after selection by the Confederations. Two more reserved members from each Confederation must be added and presented in order to replace any BA Member who will leave from the BA during the term, while Proxies are eliminated and the Confederation General Assembly will be conducted 3-4 months before the FIVB World Congress.

The meeting had also been informed of the FIVB New Calendar Proposals which saw the FIVB global calendar consider the following events: Olympic Games, Olympic Games Qualifications, World Championships, Volleyball Nations League, Continental Championships, National Club Season, World Cup and Club World Championships.

In addition, the main topic on the new proposal of the 2020 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament System for indoor volleyball has also been raised for discussion. According to the FIVB’s decision, one place for the organisers Japan and the hosts for the OQT will be confirmed on October 31, 2018, while six places for the International OQT will be organised, 24 split into 6 events between July and August, 2019, winners of each event qualify for the Olympic Games. The remaining five places will be obtained from the Continental OQT, minimum 20 teams split into five events, winners of each event qualify for the Olympic Games.

In terms of the competition, it has been confirmed that the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship will take place in Italy, while the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship will be held in Mexico the same year.

Reports also had it that all Confederations have been encouraged to organise the 3-a-side Snow Volleyball in order that the sport discipline will be included in the future Winter Olympic Games, while the 4-a-side beach volleyball has already been included in the World Beach Games in San Diego, the USA from October 10 to 15, 2019.

The meeting also heard the updates on the 39th World Congress in Cancun, Mexico as well as the progressive report of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. The final entry by number sees 22 men’s teams and 15 women’s sides confirm their participation in the Asian Games. The INASGOC has reserved two competition halls and six training courts for the volleyball competition in Jakarta, with the beach volleyball event being held in Palembang.

Proposals and ratification of the AVC Sports Event Council and other AVC Technical Committees have also been reported to the meeting as well as development activities in Southeast Asian Zone, Volleyball Your Way Project, courses, seminars, clinics and training camps at the FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

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