Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) is the continental governing body for the sport of volleyball in Asia and Oceania.
The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) was established on May 6, 1952,〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://asianvolleyball.net/?page_id=715 )〕 and since then AVC has become one of the largest continental volleyball associations in the world, with its member federations increasing to 65 from only 12 at the time of its set-up.
The first concept of the AVC was launched by the initiative of the late Mr. Nishikawa of Japan on April 1952, and on May 6 of the same year, AVC was officially established with 12 countries participating. The major tasks of AVC at the time were the organization of the Asian Volleyball Championships and the Volleyball Tournaments at the Asian Games.
In 1962, AVC was renamed the Asian Volleyball Federation (AVF) with 20 affiliated national federations after the FIVB Congress held in September 1961 decided to establish the continental zone committee.
The first Congress of the Asian sport Committee (ASC) was held in Tokyo with 22 national federations on October 8, 1964 and Mr. Nishikawa was elected Chairman of the ASC. Due to the revisions of the FIVB Constitution, the ASC was renamed as the Asian Volleyball Confederation. In November 1976 an extraordinary General Assembly was held in Tokyo and elected Mr. Maeda of Japan as AVC President (from 1976-1985) and at the 6th AVC General Assembly Mr. Yasutaka Matsudaira, also from Japan, in November 1985 replaced Mr. Maeda to become AVC President. The two AVC Presidents concentrated their efforts to reorganize and consolidate the AVC organizations and its activities step by step. Asian Senior Men's and Women's Championships, Asian Junior Men's and Women's Championships began to be held on a regular basis; the Board of Administration and the 8 Technical Committees meetings are held annually, and the General Assembly is held every other year.
In 2008, the Asian Volleyball Confederation elected Mr. Saleh Bin Nasser of the Saudi Arabia as its new president. He replaced Mr. Wei Jizhong () of China as the leader of AVC. On 19 June 2008, Mr. Wei Jizhong was elected as the third president in the history of the FIVB during the 31st FIVB World Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The handover of the FIVB presidency took place on 24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.
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