Lausanne, 12 June 2006 – Following on from neighbouring Algeria, which held the 2005 Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship, the development of the sport in the Maghreb region will continue through 2007 with the Men’s Junior (U21) World Championships in Morocco.
The venues chosen for the competitions are Rabat, the administrative capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Casablanca, the country’s economic capital. The matches will be held from 7 to 17 July 2007.
The organisation of the Junior World Championships fits in perfectly with the first stage of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation’s Vision, as Federation President Dr A. Ghzali explains: “By 2008 we want to be among the three African federations with the best organisation and best results. We have already achieved a lot since the federation was restructured in 2001, but we still have a lot to do. For example, over the past few months we have organised a training course for top-level coaches, a training course for prospective international referees, a Beach Volleyball satellite tournament, as well as organised and won a Volleyball Gala tournament with England, Portugal and Senegal.”
In preparation for the Junior World Championships in 2007, the Moroccan Federation has also secured the organisation of the African Junior Championships for 2006. Currently cited nationally as an example of how to successfully and effectively manage sporting activity within the country, the Federation also sees the Junior World Championships next year as an opportunity to develop the sport at national level. As Dr Ghzali states, “thanks to this competition and the television audience it will bring with it, we hope to introduce the sport to Moroccan households and thus encourage more people to take up the sport over the coming years.”