HOST CITY NAKHON RATCHASIMA GEARS UP FOR 6TH AVC CUP FOR WOMEN
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, September 14, 2018 – Nakhon Ratchasima, hosting this year’s Volleyball Nations League pool preliminaries, geared up for the staging of the 6th AVC Cup for Women, which is due to take place at the 5,000-seater Chartchai Hall from September 16 to 23, 2018.
The AVC Cup for Women is a major competition for senior women’s national teams of Asia and Oceania organised biennially by the Asian Volleyball Confederation. This year, the top-flight tournament serves as a final warm-up matches for teams qualified for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan between September 29 and October 20. However, for teams failing to miss the cut for the world meet, this tournament has allowed them chances to sharpen their skills aside from gaining beneficial team-created learning experience and composure.
The one-week competition attracted 10 teams which finished top 10 in the last year’s Asian Senior Women’s Championship in the Philippines, to vie for the top honour. In the previous five editions, only top 8 teams from the Asian meet were eligible for the AVC Cup, but this time the continent’s volleyball-governing body has increased the participating teams from 8 to 10.
Under the new AVC competition format, which is aimed at providing nonstop excitement from the very first match of the tournament, the participating teams from the same level have to deal with close battles to capture their pole position in the pool plays and enhance their chances in the next rounds.
Up to their performances in the previous Asian meet, the 10 participating teams have been divided into three pools. Asian champions Japan, Asian Games silver medallists Thailand, Asian Games bronze medallists Korea are in Pool A, with Asian Games champions and title-holders China, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei in Pool B. Pool C comprises Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Iran and Australia.
To reconfirm all schedules and preparation for the 6th AVC Cup for Women, the first joint meeting between the Control Committee, chaired by Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself the AVC Secretary-General, and the local organising committee was held on Friday at the meeting room inside the Chartchai Hall.
In the meeting, the confirmation was made on the detailed competition and activities schedule including team preliminary enquiry, transportation and accommodation, medical matter, General Technical Meeting and the Opening Ceremony.
Mr Shanrit informed the meeting that the tournament is one of the most important AVC competitions as some teams qualified for the Word Championship will make it a final tune-up match, while the other teams have their sights firmly set on learning tactics and techniques from each other.
“As SMM TV will televise some matches live including the Thai matches, the Philippines will also convey the live broadcast signals to their country. However, to protect the rights of the host broadcasting organisations, we have to keep a watchful eye on illegal live stream on Youtube. The illegal streaming accounts on Youtube should be got rid of,” Shanrit stated.
After the joint meeting, the inspection was made at the competition venue Chartchai Hall and both training gyms at adjacent Liptapanlop Gym and Suranaree University of Technology Gymnasium. The Chartchai Hall, which served as the battle ground for this year’s VNL preliminaries, remains in perfect condition and 100% ready for the top-tier competition.
Meanwhile, all 10 participating teams are due to arrive in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday, September 14, with Japan and China being the last two teams to reach the host city at night. The team preliminary enquiry is expected to start at 6.30pm on the same day at Sima Thani Hotel, the official team hotel.
The referees’ health check, the referees and VIS clinic will be held on Saturday at the competition venue, while the General Technical Meeting, the Welcome Dinner and the Opening Ceremony will take place at Sima Thani Hotel on the same day.
POOL ROUND-ROBIN PRELIMINARIES
11.00am: Kazakhstan v Iran
13.30pm: China v Vietnam
16.00pm: Australia v Philippines
18.30pm: Japan v Korea
11.00am: China v Chinese Taipei
13.30pm: Australia v Kazakhstan
16.00pm: Philippines v Iran
18.30pm: Thailand v Japan
11.00am: Iran v Australia
13.30pm: Vietnam v Chinese Taipei
16.00pm: Kazakhstan v Philippines
18.30pm: Korea v Thailand
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