Voting for Vice-Presidents saw Mr. Li Gao Chao of China elected to the Far East Region over Mr. Chen Tong Hui of Chinese Taipei. Mr. Alexander Popov of Australia (Oceanic Region) and Mr. Sidney Tung of Malaysia (South East Region) were returned without competition. The two candidates for the Western Region, Mohammed A. Alkhaja of the United Arab Emirates and H.E. Salman Abdulla Abdul Ghani of Qatar faced further voting and the successful candidate was Abdul Ghani after a first round tie.
Six candidates were nominated for the five positions in the Executive Committee resulted in the election of Mr. Farouk Haridi (Egypt); Mr. Maxi Gunawan (Indonesia); Mr. Fong Wun Man (Macau); Mr. Takaya Aizawa (Japan) and Mr. Jaffar Ebrahim Alghassab (Bahrain). Mr. Alex Lim of the Philippines was not re-elected. Mr. Danny Santos was returned as Honorary Auditor.
The afternoon session opened fixing the dates of the 9th Asian School Championships, 2005 to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, settled on April of that year. For 2006, the school holidays vary from area to area so the decision was made to hold two Championships, one in the East, the other in the West. Thailand offered to stage one of the events, the other has yet to be decided. The 2007 Asian School Championships will be staged in Vietnam.
The 14th Asian Youth Championships in 2007 will be staged in Beijing, China and the 20th Asian Championships go to Hong Kong in 2008, which will also host the ABF General Assembly. A suggestion that the date of the 13th Asian Youth Championships in Guam be changed from June 21-30 to the early part of July has to be ratified.
Although still seeking major sponsorship, the highly successful ABF Tour will continue its schedule through Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Subject to sponsorship, the tour stops could be increased to additional countries in 2005. Mrs. Fung reported the success of the ABF Coaching Clinic, stating that the manuals for Levels I & II are now available.
Story and photo by Keith Hale, ABF Media Co-ordinator.