Bangkok, Thailand, November 1, 2019 – It is going to be a very busy year in 2020, with the sporting world descending on Tokyo for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and Asian national volleyball teams strutting their stuff in international tournaments including eight AVC Championships.
AVC has recently released 2020 calendar for indoor volleyball competitions, promising thrills and spills for both participating players and spectators.
The Olympic year will kick off with the AVC Men’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 in Jiangmen, China from January 7 to 12 and the women’s qualification event in the same period in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Both men’s and women’s Olympic qualifying tournaments will serve as part of the last stops for the Tokyo 2020 as all five continents (AVC, Norceca, CEV, CSV and CAVB) will also organise their Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments which will see only the eventual winners (in both men’s and women’s competitions) from each continents earn their quota places.
In terms of Asian teams, Japan has secured their berth as the Olympic host country (one team per gender), while China celebrated their Olympic qualification through the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament 2019 Pool B in August on home soil in Ningbo.
The results of the 20th Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championships in Tehran, Iran and Seoul, Korea respectively decided eight participating teams apiece in the AVC Men’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification in Jiangmen and the AVC Women’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification in Nakhon Ratchasima, but teams which have already qualified will not be able to participate in the AVC Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020.
After conclusion of AVC Women’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 in Nakhon Ratchasima, the Thailand’s northeastern province will next host the 2020 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship between April 18 and 26, which serves as the year’s first Championship to be organised by AVC. The Tournament will be held in Thailand for the first time in 20 years after it took place in Suphan Buri, a province in the central part of Thailand in 2000 when hosts PTT Club finished the country’s best-ever fourth place in the competitive competition.
After a significant success in hosting the 2019 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, with host team Tianjin Bohai Bank capturing the crown, Tianjin, China will again host the 2020 edition between May 2 and 10.
The third AVC tournament of the year will be the 20th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship in Esfahan, Iran from June 8 to 16, while the 20th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship will take place in Chongqing, China between June 20 and 28.
Meanwhile, Manama, Bahrain will host the 13th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship during July 7 and 15, with Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar organising the 2020 AVC Cup for Men between August 22 and 30.
In previous editions, the AVC Cup for both Men’s and Women’s events saw top 8-10 teams from the previous edition of the Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championships pitted against one another. However, unlike the previous editions, the 2020 AVC Cup for Men’s and Women’s events will feature 8-16 teams up to the decision of the host country but the team cannot take part in the lower-level Challenge Cup.
Thailand will host another major tournament when Nakhon Pathom will host the 13th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship between September 5 and 13, while the 2020 AVC Cup for Women, the eighth and last AVC Championship in 2020, will be held in Taipei, Chinese Taipei between September 19 and 27.
To give lower-ranked teams the opportunity to sharpen their skill, AVC will also host the 2nd AVC Men’s Challenge Cup in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan from Jun 1 to 9, with the 2nd AVC Women’s Challenge Cup being held in Hong Kong China during August 24 and 30.
In addition, Zhangjiagang, China will host the Eastern Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship between July 14 and 19.
Apart from the eight AVC Championships, the FIVB, the world’s volleyball-governing body, also released a 2020 calendar draft, allowing some leading Asian teams chances to test their mettle in the FIVB-sanctioned tournaments.
The FIVB events will start the busy year with the Men’s and Women’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 in all five continents (CAVB, CEV, AVC, CSV, Norceca) in January. Only the eventual winning teams (men’s and women’s) from each continent will be eligible for the Tokyo 2020.
However, ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan between July 25 to August 9, Test Events for the Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo from April 21 to 26 to ensure that everything is all set ahead of the quadrennial sports extravaganza.
Following the Test Events, the third edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League and the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League, an annual international women’s and men’s volleyball tournament contested in a single round robin by the world’s 16 leading teams, will be held in various continents, with the women’s event taking place from May 19 to July 5 and the men’s division between May 22 to July 5. Four teams from Asia – China, Japan, Korea and Thailand have secured their places in the 2020 VNL for Women and China, Iran, Japan and Australia have booked their berths in the 2020 VNL for Men.
The VNL will be followed by the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan from July 25 to August 9, with well-qualified 12 teams in each gender chasing their ultimate Olympic dream.
The FIVB’s last event of the year is expected to be the 2020 Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship and 2020 Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, which have yet to be confirmed.
Related links of AVC
AVC Website: click www.asianvolleyball.net
AVC Facebook: click www.Facebook.com/AsianVolleyballConfederation
AVC Twitter: click: https://twitter.com/avcvolley
AVC Instagram: click: https://www.instagram.com/avcvolley/?hl=en
AVC Youtube: click: Asian Volleyball Confederation
AVC WeChat: Asian Volleyball Confederation