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7 December 2013
Kigali, Rwanda, December 7, 2013- African Volleyball Confederation "CAVB" President Dr Amr Elwani opened the 2013 CAVB Congress in presence of FIVB President Dr Ary Graça Filho at Serena Hall in Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday.
The Congress was corium with the presence of 48 National Federations out of 53 affiliated NFs making all time record of attendance in the biannual event with over 90 % attendance.
Other guests of honour were FIVB Executive vice President and NORCECA Confederation President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB Development Director Helgi Thorsteinsson, FIVB President office assistant Director Giuseppina Pirri and the international advisor of Brazil Ministry of Sport Ambassador Carlos Henrique.
Elwani Honoured the FIVB President with the highest CAVB golden order for his great help to Africa since his election last year. After the celebration Graca received the congratulations from the whole congress attendance and took memorial photos with him.
After Elwani's welcome speech, he gave the floor to Graca to address the Congress where he highlighted the role of the world volleyball governing body to develop Volleyball throughout the world continents and specially in Africa.
"We can't have volleyball as the second popular sport in the world without Africa. Africa is a great continent in the different sports and should be on top in volleyball." Graca said
He empathized the role of Beach VB in making volleyball internationally practiced by 43 African countries.
CAVB president presented the Activity report since the last Congress in Sudan 2011 where he highlighted the role of FIVB President to assist Africa technically and financially.
"We used the combination of new technology, physical education and training to help our players who are unique with their strong natural physical ability, to reach the top performance." Elwani said.
He enumerated the big advance in all of the sport items. "We have now 53 new commission Presidents and members from the whole continental 7 zones. We had a double or triple increase in all aspects including the number of referees officiating in the World level championships and the African officials aiding in the Control Committees of FIVB competitions. We also had more than 130 courses organized in the different continental countries in the past two years. We had also a lot of programme which aid volleyball from the scratch like the cool volley and Volleyball at school.
After the presentation, Graca and Elwani honoured the most outstanding emerging national federations who are Libya (Zone 1), Cape Verde and Sierra Leone (Zone 2), Niger (Zone 3), Chad (Zone 4), Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi (Zone 5), Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Zone 6) and Seychelles (Zone 7).
Each winning NF received a medal of honour form the FIVB President.
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