Bangkok, Thailand, December 20, 2022 – A fully-packed volleyball schedule awaits adoring fans as AVC has recently unveiled its 2023 Competition Calendar which outlines the AVC’s upcoming volleyball events for the next Olympic cycle leading up to the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The 2023 Competition Calendar, based on the principles set out initially by the AVC Sports Events Council and approved by the AVC Board of Administration, outlines all volleyball competitions to be held by the governing body including the continent’s top-tier Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championships.
2023 will be one of the extremely busy years for Asian volleyball family. Apart from eight championships to be actively organised by AVC, volleyball competitions in multi-sport events such as the SEA Games and the Asian Games as well as action-packed Volleyball Nations League and eagerly-anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Tournaments will also be held in both men’s and women’s events, allowing volleyball fans to enjoy watching live matches on connected devices, experience the thrilling sport and see some of their favourite players in action on site.
According to the recently-launched AVC Competition Calendar, eight championships will be organised by AVC in 2023. The governing body has already sent all AVC Affiliated National Federations the invitation to participate in 2023 AVC Championships. Attached to the invitation are Regulations of AVC Championships, National Entry Forms, 2023 AVC Competition Calendar, 2023 Timeline and AVC Uniform Publicity.
However, the National League Season in some countries has been adapted to their National Team competition schedules per gender, resulting in AVC’s decision to change the competition schedules of three AVC events and the release of the revised 2023 AVC Competition Calendar.
Vinh Phuc, a mountainous province northwest of Hanoi in Vietnam, will host the first AVC Championship in 2023. Initially, Vinh Phuc had been set to host the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship from April 16 to 23, but the actual competition dates were later extended to April 25-May 2 instead.
It will be the third time of Vinh Phuc to host the Asian Women’s Club Championship and the Vietnam’s 7th to stage this thrilling competition. Ho Chi Minh hosted the 2001 edition, while Ninh Binh held the championship in 2005. Vinh Phuc hosted it in 2007 and again in 2011. The 2013 edition took place in Buon Ma Thuot and the latest episode in Vietnam was in 2015 when Ha Nam hosted the exciting event.
The Asian Men’s Club Championship returns to Manama after 16-year hiatus. The latest edition Bahrain hosted the Asian Men’s Club Championship dated back to 2007 when the topflight competition took place in Manama. The 2023 edition will be held in the Bahrain’s capital city between May 14 to 21.
The aforementioned Asian Men’s and Women’s Club Championships will serve as the qualification tournaments, with the eventual winners in both men’s and women’s events representing Asia in the 2023 FIVB Club World Championships.
The 4th AVC Women’s Challenger Cup will be the third AVC Championship of the year to be held between June 18 and 25 in Gresik, East Java in Indonesia. The tournament ended on high note in 2022 when Hong Kong, China left the Nakhon Pathom Provincial Gymnasium in Thailand with a great success following their clean sweep in the five-team 3rd AVC Women’s Challenge Cup for their unprecedented title.
As the 4th AVC Women’s Challenger Cup will take place in Indonesia, the men’s edition will be hosted by Chinese Taipei. The topnotch tournament will be held in Taipei from July 8 to 15, 2023.
Both tournaments, 4th AVC Women’s Challenger Cup in Indonesia and AVC Men’s Challenger Cup in Chinese Taipei, will be a unique competition to seek the winners in men’s and women’s events to represent Asia in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s and Women’s Challenger Cups in 2023, of which the eventual winners will be promoted and compete in the next edition of FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
As the 4th AVC Women’s and Men’s Challenger Cups serve as the qualification tournaments for the VNL and will run in the concurrence with the VNL, only teams not participating in the current edition of the VNL are eligible for the 2023 AVC Challenger Cups.
As a results, Japan, China and Iran in the men’s event and Thailand, Korea, Japan and China in the women’s competition, all of them have already been confirmed by FIVB and Volleyball World to compete in the 2023 VNL, shall not be allowed to compete in the 4th AVC Women’s Challenger Cup in Indonesia and 4th AVC Men’s Challenger Cup in Chinese Taipei.
The next two AVC Championships will be the Asian Men’s and Women’s U16 Championships, both of which will take place for the first time in history, resulting in incredible viewership numbers of volleyball fans regionwide expected to tune in to see the sport’s rising stars in action.
The 1st Asian Women’s U16 Championship will be held in Hangzhou, China from July 1 to 8, 2023, initially scheduled for June 5-12, while the 1st Asian Men’s U16 Championship will be organised by Tashkent, Uzbekistan during July 22 and 29, 2023, initially scheduled for June 18-25, 2023.
Both competitions, the qualification tournaments for the 2024 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ and Girls’ U17 World Championships, had been rescheduled to reduce clashes with other key tournaments.
The last two AVC Championships to be held in 2023 are set to be topflight competitions which promise huge thrills, as participating teams are expected to field their star spikers to strengthen their teams. Teams will also get a chance to showcase their skills in front of thousands of fans and chase dreams of winning the Asian title and bag crucial points for FIVB and AVC rankings.
Thrills and tension are always high in these two Championships. Dramatic saves, elegant wins and heart-breaking losses await team players and volleyball fans. Be ready to experience a strong feeling of enjoyable excitement when both championships come around next year!
Iran will host the Asian Senior Men’s Championship for the fifth time when the 22nd edition will return to Tehran from August 18 to 26, while the Asian Senior Women’s Championship will be held in Thailand for the sixth time in history. Thailand made its debut in hosting the 1991 edition in Bangkok. The next four editions were Chiang Mai in 1995, Nakhon Ratchasima in 2001, 2007 and 2013. The 22nd Asian Senior Women’s Championship will take place in Nakhon Ratchasima, its fourth time, between September 2 and 10, 2023.
Aside from much-anticipated eight AVC Championships in 2023, other key matches, world-class tournaments and volleyball competitions in multi-sports events such as SEA Games and Asian Games will also be back to thrill fans.
The 2023 VNL, likely to be one of the most-watched competitions when teams encounter formidable opponents in the 16-team, three-week-long volleyball extravaganza, will take place between May 30 and July 16 for the women’s event and June 9-July 23 for the men’s division.
The FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup, with host nations for 2023 edition still unrevealed, will also be held next year, while the Olympic Qualification Tournaments for Paris 2024 look set to entertain fans with the athletes’ expertise and teams’ terrific performances. The Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments are set to be organised from September 16 to 24, 2023, with the men’s event due to take place between September 30 and October 8, 2023.
In terms of the volleyball competition in multi-sport events, the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia will see the men’s volleyball event take place from May 3 to 8, while the women’s competition will be held between May 9 and 14, 2023.
In the rescheduled 19th Asian Games volleyball competitions in Hangzhou, China, the men’s event is scheduled for September 19-26, with the women’s competition taking place during September 28 and October 7, 2023. The 19th edition of the Asian Games was previously due to be organised from September 10 to 25, 2022. However, due to grave concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the quadrennial sports extravaganza has been postponed to September 2023.
Meanwhile, Thailand is ready to host the 6th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok and Chonburi between November 17 and 26, 2023, with the sport of volleyball being included as medal sport for the first time ever in this regional sporting events. Originally due to take place from May 21 to 30, 2021, the event was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However Thailand is now well-prepared to host the Games in November.
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