Bangkok, Thailand, February 5, 2024 – The Southeast Asia Volleyball Association held its annual meeting at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok on Saturday to discuss various activities during the past year as well as development plans and competitions in 2024 for a brighter future in the region.
Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, himself President of Thailand Volleyball Association, chaired the Saturday’s meeting. Also in attendance were Mr Tran Duc Phan and Mr Heyzer Harsono, Vice Presidents from Vietnam and Indonesia respectively, Executive Director Mr Ramon Suzara from Philippines, Secretary Mr Chansamone Phongchantha from Laos, Treasurer Mr Thein Win from Myanmar, Beach Volleyball Events Manager Mr Hean Boon Yeow from Malaysia, Volleyball Events Manager Mr Chia Min Chong from Singapore, Dr Aing Serey Piseth from Cambodia and Mr Candido Da Silva Pinto from Timor Leste.
Attending as guests of honor comprised FIVB General Director Mr Fabio Azevedo, Mr Luis Alexandre Pontes Rodrigues, FIVB Director for Asia & Oceania, and Mr Hitesh Malhotra from FIVB Technical & Sports Development Department, who were present to share the overview of FIVB updates and information on the revolutionary FIVB Empowerment and Development Projects to all participants.
AVC Honorary Life Vice President and Executive Director Mr Shanrit Wongprasert from Thailand, AVC Referees Committee Chairman Mr Songsak Chareonpong from Thailand, AVC Sports Events Council Member Mr Raditia Darwis from Indonesia and TVA Secretary General Mr Nattapong Kesapan joined the meeting as observers.
Ahead of the meeting, AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo from Indonesia, accompanied by Mr Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai from Thailand, AVC Secretary General and Executive Zonal Vice President representing Southeastern Zone, delivered a welcome speech.
“My presence here is as if I came back home. In over decades that I have been in the AVC as AVC President and AVC Executive Vice President, I have seen how our National Federations in SAVA have grown so fast in terms of its organizational strength for conducting the Zonal Championships, Asian Championships and world-level championships.The year 2023 was another successful year for AVC and SAVA,” Mrs Subowo started.
“SAVA has made significant improvements in conducting SAVA and AVC activities in these past decades and I have seen a huge improvement of our Southeastern teams’ performances such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia that have…