“The organization of AVC events is the responsibility and task of the AVC, especially the Sports Events Council and we have to try our best in the next four years to make all the AVC Championships more valuable and interesting for sponsors, media and spectators,” SEC chairman Shanrit Wongprasert said.
“We do not only work for competitions but also with national federations in Categories I and II to organize events, which is also our responsibility.”
The meeting reviewed events from 2011 and concluded that most were run smoothly and efficiently. However, members also added that efforts should be made to further improve all tournaments.
It was decided that the application requirements and approval process for the Asian Senior Championships and Asian Cup will also become more detailed, with the two contests the most popular among both fans and media on the continent.
The meeting also highlighted that a number of FIVB events are set to be held in the region over the next 12 months, namely the World Olympic Qualification Tournament as well as the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and World League.
Japan, Korea, Thailand and Chinese Taipei will take part in the Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament which is combined with the Asia Women’s Continental Qualification Tournament in Japan from May 19 to 27.
Meanwhile, Japan, Iran, China, Korea and Australia are to participate in the joint Men’s World Olympic Qualification and Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held in Japan from June 2 to 9.
The World Grand Prix will visit Macau, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Thailand, China and Kazakhstan for preliminary rounds before heading to Ningbo, China from June 27 to July 1 for the Finals.
The FIVB Club World Championships will again be hosted by Doha, Qatar.
The AVC official events in the 2012 will include:
* Asian Women’s Club Championship, April 21 to 29 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with 10 teams participating. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.
* Asian Men’s Club Championship, June 30 to July 8 in Shanghai, China with 17 teams participating. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for FIVB Men’s Club World Championship.
* The 3rd Asian Men’s Cup, September 1 to 7 in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam.
* The 3rd Asian Women’s Cup, September 10 to 16 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for the FIVB World Grand Prix 2013.
* The 16th Asian Jr. Men’s Championship, September 27 to October 5 in Urumieh City, Iran. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship 2013. 16 teams have registered for the event.
* The 16th Asian Jr. Women’s Championship, October 1 to 10 in Nakhonpathom, Thailand, with 17 teams participating. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship 2013.
* The 9th Asian Youth Girls’ Championship, October 12 to 20 in Ziyang City, China, with 14 teams participating. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship 2013.
* The 9th Asian Youth Boys’ Championship, October 24 to November 10 in Esfahan, Iran with 14 squads taking part. This doubles as the Qualification Tournament for the FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship 2013.
The other Asian events in 2012 include the 24th Asian Men’s Pacific Cup in Japan from June 15 to 17, the 16th Princess Cup Women’s Invitation in Thailand, the 9th VTV Cup Women’s Volleyball invitation in Vietnam in July and the 17th South East Asia Jr. Men and Women Volleyball Championships in Myanmar.