THAILAND SET TO HOST VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE CLASH
Bangkok, Thailand, May 9, 2018 – Discerning readiness has been confirmed by Thailand in their final stretch in preparing and hosting two eye-catching phases of the five-week preliminaries of the Volleyball Nations League.
Thailand is set to host Pool 11 clash at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, which once served as the battleground of the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals, and Pool 15 encounters at the Chartchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, used as the main competition venue for major tournaments including the 2013 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship.
Following their first two stops in Pool 1 in Ekaterinburg, Russia from May 15 to 17 and Pool 7 in Macao, China during May 22 and 24, Thailand will then host current world champions USA, Germany and Dominican Republic for the Pool 11 clash between May 29 and 31, while the host side will be put to the test against Turkey, Japan and Korea in the Pool 15 encounters from June 5 to 7.
Twelve core teams comprising China, Brazil, USA, Serbia, Russia, Italy, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, the Netherlands and Germany and FIVB-selected 4 challenger teams consisting of Belgium, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Poland will compete in the single round-robin preliminaries, which will see only six teams including hosts China make the cut for the Finals in Nanjing between June 27 and July 1, 2018.
TVA President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang confirmed in the Wednesday’s press conference at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel in Bangkok that Thailand, one of the traditional Asian host countries, is well-prepared for hosting the brand new competition launched by the FIVB, with aims of raising the level of the sporting action for fans and providing a world-class platform for players to compete and grow.
“We (Thailand) are ready for hosting the Volleyball Nations League. As the local organisers will do their best to make the Pool 11 and Pool 15 phases great successes, volleyball fever has also gripped the country with tickets almost sold out and fans looking forward to cheering their favourite players at the competition venues in both provinces,” Somporn said in the meeting, with AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert also in attendance.
Mrs Thanthip Sirinupong, Thai Beverage’s vice president of External Affairs, said that fun-packed activities have been prepared for home fans. Est Cola (a cola soft drink from Thailand, manufactured by Thai Drinks, non-alcohol beverage business group of Thai Beverage) will launch several exclusive activities to ensure every volleyball enthusiast entertainment experiences.
“Many fun activities will be held in front of the gymnasium of both host cities. Skill games will be played as fans will fight for prizes and match-day tickets on offer. Those without tickets can stand a chance of watching the Thai matches via giant LED screens. We hope that these activities will play an important role in boosting the Thai players’ morale,” Thanthip said.
Nakhon Ratchasima Deputy Governor Mr Sakrit Salakkham said on behalf of the city that they will do their best in making the second phase of the Nations League in Thailand a memorable success.
“We will try to make the Pool 15 clash in Nakhon Ratchasima meet international standards. We are ready in every aspect in terms of the training and competition venues, the officials and athletes’ hotel and well-trained officials for tense competitions. We also look forward to welcoming all four participating teams to Nakhon Ratchasima,” he said.
BEC Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Mr Charkrit Direkwattanachai confirmed that in one week, live broadcast of successive six days have been guaranteed for Thai fans, who can watch the women’s Nations League from Tuesday to Thursday, with the men’s matches being televised from Friday to Sunday. Platform Online can be used via www.ch3thailand.com, while Ch3Thailand on mobile app is also available for those interested.
For more information on match schedule and team details, please visit www.fivb.com.
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