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8 October 2013
Cairo, Egypt, October 8, 2013- African Volleyball Confederation "CAVB" President Dr Amr Elwani opened Beach Volleyball Commission meeting on Tuesday where a lot of proposals were put for the format of the CAVB Continental Cup, which act as a qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The second edition of CAVB Continental Cup, the African qualifications for the FIVB World Championships U19, U21 and U23 came as main items in the Agenda beside the reports of the organized African competition throughout the last year.
Dr Elwani opened the meeting by emphasising the important role each of the commission members have. He appreciated the role of each member supervising certain function in CAVB activity.
"We need each member to put all his experience in the organization of the second edition of the Continental Cup which was a main tool of development of our sport during the first edition," Elwani said. We also need more countries to be there after the great participation of 41 NFs in the first edition.
The members of the commission proposed a new format for the Continental Cup which passes through 4 stages to secure the best environment of giving the chance to each national federation to participate and compete in the prestigious event.
The first stage will be the sub zonal phase where all the 53 affiliated NFs will have the chance to participate in 12 pools depending on the geographical basis of distribution. The top two countries from each pool will make their way to the second stage which will be the zonal phase making a total of 24 countries.
The 24 teams of the zonal phase will be re-divided into 4 pools of 6 teams taking in consideration avoiding the placement of two countries from the same zone together in the same pool. The top 4 countries from each zonal pool will proceed to the semifinal phase making over a totla of 12 countries.
In the semifinal phase the 12 teams will be divided into 4 pools of three teams where they play in a round robin format to qualify the top two teams to the final tournament (8 countries).
The final round for both men and women categories will involve the top 8 teams where they play in a single elimination format to determine the African champions who will secure directly their tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The commission approved also the proposal of the African qualifications for the FIVB age group World championships in two stages; the zonal phase and the finals (Continental Phase).
CAVB Beach Director May Alaa featured the development programme which will accompany the CAVB Continental Cup beside the ordinary CAVB Development strategy through organising a continental course for Beach coaches starting with 24 countries, before including all the national federations.
The meeting was attended by Dr Amr Elwani CAVB president, Mory Keita CAVB Vice President, Ayaovi Babanawo Beach commission President (Togo), Antonio Rodrigues Commission secretary (Cape Verde), Augustine Agapa (Tanzania), Ali Yaro (Benin), Bah Aury (Guinea Conakry), Musa Nimrod (Nigeria), Alexis Mbaraga (Rwanda), Gershon Rorich (South Africa), Ben Guma (Kenya), Mrs Howyda Mondy (CAVB Executive Director) and Mrs May Alaa (CAVB Beach Director).
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