Bangkok, Thailand, July 25, 2022 – The AVC Bech Volleyball International Referee Candidate Course is now under way at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University in Pathum Thani from July 25 to 31, 2022, with AVC Beach Volleyball Instructor Ms Mariko Satomi from Japan conducting the one-week  workshop.

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 referee course aimed at training international referees and improving and updating referees’ knowledge and competence of beach volleyball rules according to the most recent trends of the sport.

The opening ceremony took place on Monday at the varsity, with Thailand Volleyball Association President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, Honorary Life Vice President and Executive Director of AVC, and Asst Prof Supot Saikaew, President of Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, jointly presiding.

Also in attendance were AVC Secretary General Mr Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai, Mr Chai Nimakorn, Director of FIVB Development Centre in Thailand, AVC Referees Committee Chairman Mr Songsak Chareonpong, AVC Beach Volleyball Director Mr Kritsada Panaseri and the University Administrative Staff.

In his opening address, TVA President Mr Somporn said, “TVA is very pleased to be entrusted with this opportunity offered by AVC to organise the AVC Beach Volleyball International Referee Candidate Course in Thailand from July 25 to 31 and I would like to welcome AVC Beach Volleyball Instructor Ms Mariko Satomi and all participants from 12 countries to Valaya Alongkorn. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Asst Prof Supoj and the administrative staff for your very kind cooperation and continued support to FIVB Development Centre in Thailand in providing facilities and personnel to effectively and efficiently conduct this course.

“All the participants are lucky to attend this course with very good experienced instructor Ms Mariko Satomi. She has officiated many important events not only at continental and world levels, but also the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. With one of the best instructors directing and best atmosphere at Valaya Alongkorn provided for the one-week course, I’m convinced that the course will be a significant success.

Asst Prof Supot was also quoted as saying in his welcome speech, “I would like to extend my warmest welcome to Course Director Ms Mariko Satomi and all 23 participants from 12 countries. Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University is one of the most important women’s beach volleyball training centres of TVA. Many Thai national team players also practise here in this campus.

“Our university will make our utmost effort to provide the best service to all course attendants. I wish all of you the best success in this course in order that you can bring knowledge gained in the course to develop and promote beach volleyball in your country. I sincerely wish all of you a very pleasant stay in our campus during the course.”

After that, Mr Somporn presented souvenirs to distinguished guests including Asst Prof Supot, Ms Mariko, Mr Songsak, Mr Kritsada and the University Administrative staff.

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