Songkhla, Thailand, April 13, 2018 – The draws for the SMM AVC Beach Volleyball Tour “19th Samila Open, which will kick off its qualification on April 14 and main draw the following day, were completed at the BP Samila Beach Hotel on Friday.
AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert presided over the General Technical Meeting on Friday, while Technical Supervisor Mr Kritsada Panaseri conducted a drawing of lots before all the players taking part in the double-gender, four-day competition.
“On behalf of the AVC President Dr Saleh A. Bin Nasser, I would like to welcome all of you to Songkhla for the SMM AVC Beach Volleyball Tour 19th Samila Open. At the same time, I would like to thank Songkhla province to have hosted this Asian Tour for 19th consecutive years, the longest period for any beach volleyball tournament in Asia can be held. FIVB have promoted several tournaments to World Tour. However, not all Asian teams can take part in the World Tour. For sustainable development of Asian teams, those who can’t compete in the World Tour still stand a good chance to sharpen their skills by participating in Asian Tour events like the Samila Open. I wish you all good luck and success in this tournament,” said Mr Shanrit in his speech.
A total of 24 men’s and 22 women’s teams from 15 countries including China, Japan, Iran, Oman, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Thailand will vie for the top honours and the shared US$10,000 prize money in each gender.
According to the draw, top seeds Thailand 1’s Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud, fresh from winning the Thailand’s first-ever World Tour title in Pak Bara Beach Satun two days ago, have been drawn in Pool A with Oman 1 and Australia 2.
Qataris Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan, champions at the last year’s Palembang AVC Beach Tour in Indonesia and bronze medallists at this year’s three-star Doha Open on home sand, are second seeds drawn in Pool B with Thailand 3 and Oman 2. Third seeds Indonesia 1’s Candra Ade Rachmawan/Mohammad Ashfiya, silver medallists at the recent Pak Bara Beach Satun and at the last year’s Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships in Samila here, are in Pool C with Kazakhstan 1 and China 2.
Pool D comprises fourth seeds Iran 2’s Salemiinijehboroun Bahman/Vakili Arash, Japan 2 and Singapore 1, while Iranians Raoufi Rahman/Mirzaali Abolhamed are in Pool E with Kazakhstan 2.
Pool F consists of Indonesia 2’s Ramadhan Gilung/Pribadi Danangsyah and Hong Kong 1, with Australia 1’s Tim Dickson/Zachery Schubert having been drawn in Pool G with Japan 1 and Thailand 2’s Surin Jongklang/Adisorn Khaolumtarn in Pool H with China 1.
Eight teams will test their mettle in the Saturday’s qualifying round and only four winning teams will make the cut for the main draw to be drawn in Pool E, F, G and H.
In the qualification, Chinese Taipei 2 will take on Malaysia 2, Chinese Taipei 1 play Hong Kong 2, Malaysia 1 meet Maldives 2 and Vietnam challenge Maldives 1. As the winners between Chinese Taipei 2 and Malaysia 2 will next take on Singapore 2 for a place in the main draw, the winners in the remaining matches will directly secure main draw berths.
There is no qualification round in the women’s event as all of the participating teams will be contesting the main draw.
In the women’s main draw, top seeds Thailand’s Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak, bronze medallists at the recent Pak Bara Beach Satun, are in Pool A with Chinese Taipei 2 and Malaysia 1, while Pool B comprises second seeds China 1’s Wang Fan/Xia Xinyi, silver medallists at the last year’s two-star Sydney Open in Australia and 9th place at this year’s five-star Fort Lauderdale in the USA, Thailand 2 and Vietnam.
Pool C consists of third seeds Australia 1’s Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo, 9th place at this year’s one-star Shepparton on home sand, Chinese Taipei 1 and Thailand 3. Fourth seeds Dhita Juliana/Putu Utami from Indonesia are in Pool D with Japan 2 and Singapore 2.
Kazakhstan 1’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova are in Pool E with Singapore 1 and Thailand 4, while Pool F comprises China 2’s Wang XX/B Bai, Australia 2 and Kazakhstan 2. Japan 1, Hong Kong are in Pool G, with Indonesia 2 and Hong Kong 1 in Pool H.
The main draw in both men’s and women’s events will kick off on Sunday. Only the top two teams from each pool after the pool round-robin preliminaries will advance to the next round.
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