Bangkok, Thailand, March 5, 2020 – The Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Phuket and the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Roi Et have been postponed amid fears over the novel coronavirus “COVID-19” outbreak.
The announcement came in a statement issued by Thailand Volleyball Association in its official website www.volleyball.or.th/volley/ on Thursday in line with the Thai government’s policy to step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus.
Thailand has diagnosed four more cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total in the country to 47 since January. 31 have recovered, while 15 remain in hospital. One person in the country has died from complications related to the disease, which first erupted in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. People arriving from multiple places in Asia, the Middle East and Europe which have been declared as “dangerous communicable disease areas” will be forced to self-quarantine by Thai authorities in an effort of halting the spread of the virus.
As a result, the double-gender Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships, initially set to be held at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket between March 12 and 15, will be postponed to September 23-27, while the double-gender FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Roi Et from September 1 to 6 will also need to be rescheduled.
“The well-being and health of all individuals involved in those two events remains the highest priority,” TVA’s statement read.
Furthermore, it’s likely that two more beach volleyball events in Thailand will face either cancellation or postponement. Reliable sources said on Thursday that the FIVB World Tour 1-star event Pak Bara Open in Satun from April 8 to 11 has been cancelled due to grave COVID-19 outbreak concerns, while the annual Samila Asian Beach Volleyball Tour at Samila Beach in Songkhla is postponed to a later date. However, the afore-mentioned two events might need the written confirmation of the cancellation/postponement from TVA.
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