Bangkok, Thailand, July 31, 2022 – After a full hectic week of theoretical and practical training sessions, the AVC Beach Volleyball International Referee Candidate Course at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University in Pathum Thani came to a successful conclusion on Sunday.
The one-week course commenced on July 25, with Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, President of Thailand Volleyball Association, and Asst Prof Supot Saikaew, President of of the varsity, jointly presiding.
A total of 23 candidates from 12 countries, namely; Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand attended the TVA-organised course, directed by AVC Beach Volleyball Instructor Ms Mariko Satomi from Japan and under the guidance of AVC Beach Volleyball Director Mr Kritsada Panaseri.
According to the full week of productive workshop, the first three-day lecture was aimed at training candidates and improving and updating their fundamental knowledge and competence of beach volleyball rules.
At midway of the course on July 28, the practical part started, with Thailand women’s national beach volleyball team offering a suitable standard for demonstration matches. Course attendants had been instructed to understand different faults connected with ball touch and various beach volleyball techniques apart from officiating in competition environment in order that they would be given the opportunity to practice the functions of the 1st referee, 2nd referee, line judge and scorer.
As all active participants were due to complete their sessions on July 31, the certificate presentation and closing ceremony took place on Sunday, with Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, Honorary Life Vice President and Executive Director of AVC, presiding.
Also in attendance were AVC Referees Committee Chairman Mr Songsak Chareonpong, AVC Beach Volleyball Director Mr Kritsada Panaseri, Course Director Ms Mariko Satomi, Mr Issara Riddhisinha, General Manager of FIVB Development Centre in Thailand, and AVC Development Coordinator Ms Mingkwan Pusiddusid.
Mr Shanrit presented all participants with certificates of attendance in recognition of their achievement in the one-week course. They now can be qualified as Candidates to the qualification of International Beach Volleyball Referees at Beach Volleyball International Referee Candidate Courses held in conjunction with AVC-recognised events or any AVC-approved national circuits.
In his closing speech, Mr Shanrit said, “I would like to extend my congratulations to your success in this course. I’m positively convinced that after this, all of you will throw your weight behind AVC and try your utmost efforts in promoting and developing our Asian beach volleyball to the world level. I sincerely hope we meet again in future events.”
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