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22 March 2015
Cairo, Egypt, March 22, 2015 – African Volleyball Confederation “CAVB” President Dr. Amr Elwani opened the Annual International Refereeing Seminar which is held in Cairo and attended by 85 Referees including 18 females.
On his opening speech, Dr. Elwani welcomed the mass presence of attending referees and asked them to make sure that they maximize their benefit from this prestigious Seminar which is held annually by CAVB with an objective to improve the performance of the African International Referees. Elwani expressed his great happiness with the increased number of international and candidate referees across the continent;.
"At this seminar all 7 CAVB Zones are presented which reflects that the CAVB is successful in implementing its Strategic and Development Plan across the continent .
Elwani highlighted:” we must make sure that each international referee passes on the knowledge in his national federation and his zone through the participation in the national and zonal competitions,”
"We need to continue increase the total number of referees as part of our strategic planning, and we need to support and promote the female refereeing and their participation in top level events in Africa” Elwani said.
He added:” “I am happy also to see 18 female referees are here at this seminar which represent 50% of African Females referees who are at a total of 35, and this is part of our strategies to have more female referees."
In addition, he also highlighted that African Refereeing was made an extraordinary jump in quality and performance, Africa has increased from only 69 referees in 2005 to 247 in 2015 in both Volleyball and Beach VB, this record has placed Africa as the 2nd best Confederation after CEV ( the European Confederation) in terms of numbers of International Referees.
CAVB President emphasized that the CAVB Board gives a great importance and support to the development of refereeing in Africa as a crucial element in the sport. He added that CAVB Objective to ensure that each NF in Africa will have – by end of 2017 – at least two international referees – one for VB and one for BVB.
CAVB President asked the referees to present their best performances and abilities during their designations, and to that they comply to their ethical conscious and to the code of neutrality.
"One of the main goals of this seminar is to improve the quality of our referees through improving their performance and prepare them for the FIVB competitions. "We need also more involvements for our referees in the National competitions because it is a way to provide them with the required experience."
He concluded his speech by expressing his belief that African Referees have remarkable potential and that they can reach the highest level in FIVB events. He stressed that he is always available for them for any support or help through all communications channels.
After the opening ceremony the CAVB Refereeing Commission president Mr Hassan Ahmed started the seminar sessions in presence of the whole participants.
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