Cairo, Egypt, November 22, 2020.  After 19-years in charge of CAVB as President, the curtain came down to a quarter century reign of Dr. Amr. Elwani today in Cairo.

Elwani served volleyball in Africa for 24-years including 19-years as president of the Confederation and FIVB Executive vice-president  

Elwani, 74, will now join the list of former CAVB presidents, Chardly Zouiten (Tunisia); Nacef Salim (Egypt) and Louhry Gui Gui (Cote D’Ivoire)

The 74 year old handed over instruments of power to the newly elected President Ms. Bouchra Hajij from Morocco.

Bouchra was elected to office last month with 42 votes against Elwani’s 12 votes.

The Moroccan becomes the first woman to lead CAVB and her mandate runs until 2024.

 The handover meeting was attended by General Ahmed Nasser from Association of African Sports Confederations (UCSA) President and members from the new and old CAVB Boards.   

“In the short term, the implementation of certain projects depends on the global epidemiological situation, in particular in Africa. Administratively, the legal and administrative steps to transfer the CAVB headquarters from Egypt to Morocco have started.” Hajij told last week.

The CAVB headquarters has been in Cairo just like most continental sports bodies like CAF.

UCSA president Ahmed Nasser between the new and old CAVB Presidents Bouchra and Elwani

 “As for the purely technical aspect, I won’t hide from you that volleyball has a long way to go to reach the level of other continents. Despite everything, I remain optimistic and confident that I will be able to overcome all difficulties and meet this challenge, through the collaborative work in which we are engaged.” Hajij concluded.

Bouchra’s first task will be to formulate commissions that will run the affairs of volleyball on the continent, she will also have to develop a return to play plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria, Tanzania, Burundi, Mauritius and Rwanda have seen some volleyball action, while the bigger parts of the continent are still in the cold.

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