Bangkok, Thailand, July 21, 2022 – As the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving in leaps and bounds with Thailand Pass no longer required for entry into the country, the growth of overseas teams’ active participation at the FIVB Development Centre in Thailand is poised to make a gradual comeback and set for busy schedule for years to come.

Condition inside the fitness centre of the FIVB DC in Thailand

With requirements for Thailand Pass registration scheme and an US$10,000 health insurance lifted from July 1, 2022, foreign visitors only need to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination of a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel. As a result, the number of visitors to Thailand has gradually been increasing and overseas teams visiting FIVB Development Centre in Thailand for training purposes also made no difference.

Fitness Centre at the FIVB DC in Thailand

Mr Issara Riddhisinha, General Manager of the Development Centre in Bangkok Thailand, expressed his satisfaction over the increasing number of teams visiting the Centre which would be an obvious sign of re-opening of the Centre to serve the high needs of interested overseas teams.

Training court inside the FIVB DC in Thailand

“I’m very delighted to see the Development Centre in Thailand reopened. It seems that Thailand now opens to everyone and foreign travellers can enter Thailand without mandatory quarantine. Therefore, an increasing number of overseas teams started coming back to train intensively at the FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok. Without doubts, it brings great benefits to AVC and the Centre in particular,” Mr Issara was quoted as saying.

Meeting room inside the FIVB DC in Thailand

“It’s not only that we can resume working at the Centre in our efforts of serving overseas teams during their training stints here, but it also helps boost economic growth domestically. Furthermore, the Centre stands a chance of continuing its role of developing all aspects of Asian teams and those interested from around the world. After this, we will release a statement to confirm that the Centre is now ready and well-prepared for all visiting teams.

“In normal situation, around 35-40 teams have visited FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok each year for training purposes, with around 4-5 courses conducted at the Centre. I’m positively convinced that after this, the more number of teams will visit the Centre and restart their encampment for intensive training with us,” he added.

AVC International Beach Volleyball Refereeing Candidate Course held at the FIVB DC in Thailand in 2019

According to the General Manager of the FIVB DC in Thailand, the first group due to be arriving at the Centre for further training is the China Women’s U18 team. The junior outfit took part in the Nakhon Pathom-hosted Asian Women’s U18 Volleyball Championship in Thailand from June 6 to 13, 2022 and after that, they started special training at the Centre from June 14 to July 17 before leaving for the Thailand Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Volleyball Championships in Si Sa Ket. The squad, which finished second at the recent Asian meet in Nakhon Pathom to qualify for the 2023 FIVB Women’s U19 Volleyball World Championship, will come back for further training at the Centre from July 24 to August 6, 2022.

In front of the FIVB DC in Thailand

“The FIVB Development Centre in Thailand will next take full charge of hosting the AVC International Beach Volleyball Refereeing Candidate Course at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University in Pathum Thani. We’ve decided to shift the location of the course from the Centre to the varsity because the beach volleyball training site at the Centre is not ready and service remains unavailable at the time being.”

The next group to arrive at the Centre for intensive training is the 27-member Sarawak Men’s and Women’s U20 squads from Malaysia. They are due to reach the Centre on July 25 and train there until August 1, 2022.

The other three groups, Mr Issara added, will train at the Centre in their final preparation for the AVC Cup for Men in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand between August 7 and 14, 2022. The Bahrain men’s national volleyball team will undergo an encampment for intensive training at the FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok from July 26 to August 4, with the Australian and the Japanese teams sharpening their final tuneups for the Nakhon Pathom meet at the Centre from August 1 to 4 and from August 2 to 4 respectively.

Meanwhile, Roi Et Municipality Mayor Mr Banjong Kositjiranan welcomed beach volleyball team from Tuvalu, an island country in the Polynesian subregion of Oceania in the Pacific Ocean situated about midway between Hawaii and Australia.

The squad arrived in Thailand on July 9 and travelled to Roi Et to gain beach volleyball experience and exposure while training intensively between July 9 and 17, 2022 at Ban Nong Ya Ma Community School in the central northeastern province of Thailand, which has served as the training site for beach volleyball in conjunction with the FIVB DC in Thailand.

The FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok is also set to soon welcome the Hong Kong, China beach volleyball team for their further training at the Centre.

It seems that the full activity at the FIVB Development Centre in Thailand will come to life again after suspension caused by grave concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The AVC has its sight firmly set on getting the full service availability at the Centre back on track at the earliest opportunity.

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