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15 November 2012
Cairo, Egypt, November 14, 2012- The African Volleyball Confederation "CAVB" Sports Organizing Commission will meet in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday to study new format of the age group continental championships which will depend on the preliminary zonal qualifications to allow all the African NFs to participate in the competitions of the future stars.
The competitions will act as qualifiers for the FIVB World Championships in 2013.
The new system of the age category competitions is aiming at the attraction of the maximum number of participating teams from the whole continent through the zonal qualifications for the four competitions; the Men's and Women's junior, Boys and Girls Youth.
The World Volleyball governing body “FIVB” increased the African slots at all the age category World Championships to 4 berths at both the Men’s Junior and Boys’ Youth competitions and 3 at both Women’s Junior and Girls Youth making a total of 14 vacancies instead of 8 slots at the last competitions in 2011.
The history of African volleyball states that the age group competition was the least to attract the NFs in terms of the number of the participating teams at the biannual competitions.
Among other issue on the table of discussion is to determine the organizers of the 2013 African Championships including the men and women club championships in April and the Senior men and women African Nations Championships in September
"Now the aim of CAVB is to increase the number of these teams at the finals beside making the participation available everywhere through the zonal qualifications which fulfill the less cost to the NFs through taking in consideration the geographical location of each qualification that enable the teams to move to the organizer by road," Said CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani.
The new system will guarantee the qualification of 16 teams to the finals, out of them 12 will qualify through the zones beside the top three teams in the last competition and the organizer.
“We need to see all the affiliated NFs participating in these zonal qualifications because this will increase the local authority interest to the sport through taking care of the grass roots.” He added.
CAVB President will head the commission meeting beside the Board supervisor of this commission Camilo Antao (Mozambique), The commission President Kalala Lucbeau (Congo RD), Morakinyo Ebinezer (Nigeria), Khaled Nassef Selim (Egypt), Charles Nyaberi (Kenya), Jappie Chancy Mhango (Malawi), Jean Claude Mopita (Congo Brazzaville) Moustafa Baba Ameur (Algeria), Ayad Elmoussraty (Libya), Saliou Barry (Guinea Conakry), BelHassan Boukhtioua (Tunisia)
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