The Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) has approved the establishment of its head office in the Maldives.
The Central Asian and South Asian nations that make up the governing body for the sports of indoor, beach, and grass volleyball held its general assembly last Sunday to officially open their new headquarters in the capital.
CAVA is one of five associations under the Asia's main association Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC). CAVA covers a total of 14 countries, from Central and South Asia. They are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in addition to the Maldives.
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, FIVB and Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) joined online to officially accept CAVA and the initiation of its head office in Maldives.
The President of CAVA Mohamed Latheef highlighted the measures taken by the Volleyball Association of the Maldives to bring the requirements up to par in accordance with the CAVA standards. He praised having achieved those and acknowledged the opportunity to set up the head office in Maldives as a great achievement.
Latheef said that the FIVB had consented to pay the administrative costs, which would attract more sponsorships and allow for the expansion of the technical staff and suitable training as part of an effective development strategy.
Kylych Sarbaghyshev, the secretary general of CAVA and a former national player from Kyrgyzstan, spoke about the significance of the decision and how, with FIVB's support, it would improve the sport's capacity in the nation.