Nantong, China, April 14, 2017 – A two-day tightly-arranged inspection visit to Nantong regarding the 2017 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Silk Tour by FIVB Beach Volleyball Director Cao Yu came to a successful end Thursday.
“Overall, Nantong as well as the promoter Jiangsu Fountask have done a productive preparation work in terms of venue planning, equipment, hotels, promotion, etc. I am satisfied with this inspection. However, with only two months to go before the start of the events, I still would like to urge all the relevant parties to speed up their preparation so as to secure everything in position in time.” said Mr. Cao Yu after the inspection.
The two-day inspection started Wednesday immediately right after Mr. Cao Yu’s long-distance flight despite the jet lag. FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission Member Mr. Liu Bing joined the inspection on behalf of China Volleyball Association with the full-time accompany by representatives from Jiangsu Sports Administration, the promoter Jiangsu Fountask and co-promoter All Win Fun.
The inspection team visited the venue sites located at the River-side Park and recommended hotels Wednesday afternoon before they had a meeting on Thursday. Deputy Director of Nantong Sports Bureau Mr. Jiang Haiquan, expressed his warmest welcome to the inspection team and promised to present a fantastic beach volleyball feast.
“Nantong is a traditional sport city. We have seven successive Olympic gold medalists in the past seven editions of the Olympic Games. Nantong is also a traditional volleyball city. Volleyball players Zhang Jieyun, Chen Zhan and beach volleyball players Zhang Xi and Wu Penghai are all from Nantong. Although it is our first time to host the FIVB beach volleyball tournament, we will make best use of this opportunity to promote the beach volleyball in Nantong and promote the city of Nantong to the world.”
“We will send the best teams to the event,” said Mr. Liu Bing on behalf of China Volleyball Association. “At the same time, I hope a good promotion plan shall be launched. We can even invite Zhang Xi as the tournament ambassador. ”
Some detailed issues like prize money, visa invitation letter were also confirmed during the visit.
The inspection team will continue the visit to Nanjing from April 14 to 17 for the 2017 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Silk Tour Jiangning leg and 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships.
Nanjing and Nantong are both two-star women-only events and will both take place in June. Nanjing will welcome the players from June 16-18, with Nantong running from June 23-25. Together they will be known as the Silk Tour.
Nanjing will also host the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships from July 11-16.
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