Bangkok, Thailand, March 13, 2018 – The makeshift beach volleyball site at Nakhon Pathom Municipality Sports School in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand will turn into a battleground for the 2nd Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships from March 23 to 25, with 39 teams including 23 men’s vying for the top honours.

The double-gender, three-day competition also serves as the Asian zone qualifying tournament for Youth Olympic Games and the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball Championships to be held later this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 to 18 and Nanjing, China between June 26 and July 1 respectively.

Top three teams (country team) in each gender from the Nakhon Pathom-hosted Asian meet will be eligible for the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships and Youth Olympic Games. However, the amount of the YOG quotas is subject to change depending on the total number of the NOCs teams participating in the Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships and the recently-concluded Oceania qualifying tournament in Canberra, Australia.

To announce their readiness for the 2nd Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships, Thailand held a press conference at the Alexander Hotel in Bangkok on Tuesday. Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, President of the Thailand Volleyball Association, and AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert jointly presided over the meeting, with representatives from sponsors, supporters and a large number of media representatives in attendance.

“We are well-prepared for hosting the 2nd Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Nakhon Pathom. As the host country, the selection for potential players to compete in the Asian meet and training stints have started since January and I think we are now ready for the competition. I also hope high that our players will make their mark in the Championships to qualify for both Youth Olympics and the U19 World Championships,” Mr Somporn disclosed.

As the host province, Lt Col Dr Sinthop Kaewpijit, President of Nakhon Pathom Sports Association, also confirmed their readiness for hosting the Asian meet.

“Four competition courts have been prepared for the Championships, while more than 200 court officials and organising committee members have also been assigned to work in the three-day competition. This is to make sure that all visitors not only the team players but also their families and tourists will be tremendously impressed and Nakhon Pathom is worth a visit,” he said.

In terms of the quotas for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina and the FIVB U19 World Championships in China, Mr Shanrit said on behalf of the AVC President Dr Saleh A. Bin Nasser to thank TVA and all supporters and Nakhon Pathom in particular for their kind supports in an effort of making the Championships a success.

“From the Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships, three berths apiece in each gender will be at stake for teams to contest the Youth Olympic Games and the FIVB U19 World Championships. However, for the Youth Olympic Games, the total amount of quotas given is subject to change up to the number of participating teams,” Mr Shanrit said.

“If there are only 16 women’s teams participating in Nakhon Pathom, it’s likely that only top two country teams will qualify for the Youth Olympics in Argentina. For the men’s division, there is no problem offering three tickets. The change of players is also available for teams qualified for the FIVB U19 World Championships in China.”

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