CAVB Congress elects first woman president- Hajij Bouchra
Kenya volleyball Federation chief Waithaka Kioni defended his position as CAVB vice president by garnering 38 votes to defeat his competitor Joseph Will who got 10. Idriss Dokony Adiker of Chad who challenged Elwani’s presidency in 2015 has been elected vice president representing Zone IV.
Change at last! Moroccan Hajij Bouchra was on Sunday elected as the new president of the Confederation of Volleyball of Africa.
Bouchra becomes the first woman to be elected as the president of CAVB since its formation in 1972 as Women have always held the gender minority and executive committee member position only.
She takes over from long-serving Dr. Amr Elwani of Egypt. Elwani, 74, served CAVB for 24 years including the last 19 as the president- since 2001 till Monday, October 26, 2020 when it was announced Bouchra was elected to take the mantle. He has also been an FIVB Executive vice-president.
Bouchra, a former Moroccan international (1984 – 2002) polled 42 votes to oust Elwani who only gathered 12 in the election held virtually. All the 54 member nations participated. Bouchra who aims to raise the level of volleyball on the African continent was on the ‘Together, we will win for a united and efficient Africa’ slogan.
Elwani now joins the list of former CAVB presidents who include Tunisian Chardly Zouiten, Egyptian Nacef Salim and Louhry Gui Gui of Ivory Coast.
In her four-year term, she has promised changes and improvements in both indoor and beach volleyball as stated in her 46-paged promissory notes. Her immediate assignment is to revisit the 2019/2020 financial reports and budget which were rejected by the 2020 CAVB Congress.
The pioneer of women leadership at the top of CAVB is also the president of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation, FIVB vice president of the Executive Committee and served as CAVB member of the Executive Committee and the board of directors before Sunday’s elections.
The new CAVB president is also a vice president of both FIVB Executive Committee and Executive Committee of the Arab Volleyball Union (AVBU) as well as member of the Beach Volleyball Commission of AVBU. She is the president of the Women’s Commission at the AVBU, member of both the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the Women in Sport Commission of the Association of African Olympic Committees (ANOCA).
Bouchra holds a Masters in Communication and Marketing (ISCAE) and Bachelor’s degree in experimental sciences and Diploma in Education from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Meanwhile, Kenya volleyball Federation chief Waithaka Kioni defended his position as CAVB vice president by garnering 38 votes to defeat his competitor Joseph Will who got 10. Idriss Dokony Adiker of Chad who challenged Elwani’s presidency in 2015 has been elected vice president representing Zone IV.
THE NEWLY ELECTED CAVB BOARD.
Bouchra Hajij – Morocco
Adnan BAKBAK (Libya)- Zone I
Rodrigues ANTONIO CARLOS (Cape Verde)- Zone II
Casimir SAWADOGO (Burkina Faso)- Zone III
Dokony Adiker IDRISS (Chad)- Zone IV
Waithaka KIONI (Kenya)- Zone V
Fredreck NDLOVU (Zimbabwe)- Zone VI
FIVB BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION
Habu GUMEL – Nigeria
Sanga Issouf KONE – Côte d’Ivoire
Daniel Koboa MOLAODI – Botswana
Agness Nakaonga KAKOMA – Zambia
Mpho PALIME – Lesotho
PRESIDENTS OF CAVB ZONES
Mustapha LEMOUCHI (Algeria)- Zone I
Bai Dodou JALLOW (Gambia)- Zone II
Paul ATCHOE (Ghana)- Zone III
Christian MATATA SHWITI (Congo)- Zone IV
Fernand Sauveur RUTERANA (Rwanda)- Zone V
Khalid CASSAM (Mozambique)- Zone VI
Kayseeven TEEROOVENGADUM (Mauritius)- Zone VII