Bangkok, Thailand, March 12, 2023 – The one-week Asian International Referee Candidate Course (AIRCC), jointly conducted by Course Director Mr Songsak Chareonpong from Thailand and Course Instructor Mr Takashi Shimoyama from Japan, came to a successful conclusion in Taichung City, Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

It was just a story of happy ending when 21 candidates from 12 countries comprising Japan, Macao, Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong China, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Chinese Taipei theoretically and practically passed the standard tests and necessary requirements in the course, which was hosted by Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association (CTVA) in collaboration with the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) between March 6 to 12, 2023. 


Not only the participants had actively learned the rules of the game and relevant refereeing matters, but Mr Songsak, himself AVC Referees Committee Chairman and Member of the FIVB Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission, and Mr Takashi, who is also AVC Referees Committee Secretary, also provided them with the experience and confidences, enabling them to make right decisions and successfully manage the games in the near future. 


Regarding the practical part, Course Director Mr Songsak said that all participants worked determinedly in the main officiating roles and executed their functions properly in line with the roles and responsibilities undertaken by each of them.


“Each pair of the participants stood a wonderful opportunity to officiate the final round of the Junior Men’s and Women’s High School Volleyball Championships, of which the level has provided a very high standard of volleyball skills and techniques of all participating teams. Each pair got a chance to perform specifically functions such as First Referee/Second Referee/Scorer/Assistant Scorer and Line Judges. More importantly, those in the role of Scorer must perform correctly according to the AVC E-Scoresheet System,” Mr Songsak explained. 


“As far as I know, refereeing is not only conducting a match by solely using the rules of the game, but great competence is also required. I think all course attendants had done a very good job both theory and practical components. They thoroughly understood the rules of the game and various situations during the course. They were all feeling good and expressing immense pleasure for the CTVA’s excellent staging of the course as well as hospitality and services they had offered for all of them,” he added.


Mr Zhou Young Hong, Chairman of Taichung City Volleyball Committee, and CTVA Secretary General Mr Chang Chin Jong jointly presided over the certificate presentation and closing ceremony on Sunday. Also in attendance was Mr Lee Jiawei, AVC E-Scoresheet Instructor. Each of the participants pleasantly received a certificate. 


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