Tehran, Iran, September 12, 2019 – Team managers and staff coaches from 16 teams participating in the 20th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Tehran from September 13 to 21 gathered in the five-star Parsian Azadi Hotel on Thursday to hear the rules and regulations and the Challenge System in the General Technical Meeting.

Dr. Ali Fatahi, Secretary-General of Islamic Republic of Iran Volleyball Federation, and Control Committee Chairman Mr. Saeed Derakhshandeh jointly presided over the General Technical Meeting, with 17 AVC-nominated referees, the organizers and staff coaches and representatives from 16 teams in attendance.

Dr. Ali Fatahi gave a welcome speech to all the participating teams, wishing them a nice stay in Tehran and the very best of luck in their competition. He found this tournament a very important sporting event as it will be a pre-challenge to the AVC Continental Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Jiangmen, China from January 7 to 12.

The meeting was held to check if all is set for the nine-day championship, which will simultaneously take place at the 12,000-seater Azadi Sports Complex and the Volleyball Hall of the Federation.

Sixteen teams to test their mettle in the top-tier championship comprise hosts Iran, Australia, Qatar and Sri Lanka in Pool A, defending and consecutive two-time champions Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Hong Kong China in Pool B, Kazakhstan, China, Oman and India in Pool C and Korea, Indonesia, Kuwait and Pakistan in Pool D.

All teams will compete in pool round-robin preliminaries, with top two teams from each pool advancing to the round of top eight teams. Teams finishing third and fourth places in each pool will contest the classification round for 9th-16th places.

During the meeting, Technical Delegate Mr. Emile Jabbour informed all participating teams necessary matters including eligibility of players and officials, place of non-playing teams, position of team statisticians and video cameras, while Referee Delegate Mr. Songsak Chareonpong on the Rules of the Game to be applied, discipline on the court and match protocol and the Video Challenge System.

Press Delegate Ms. Maryam Hessaby informed the team head coaches about the press interviews at the mixed zone and asked all participating teams to catch updates of the competition on all AVC social media platforms including AVC Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

MATCH SCHEDULE (local time)
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
10.30am: Hong Kong China v Japan
10.30am: Indonesia v Kuwait
1.30pm: Australia v Qatar
1.30pm: China v Oman
4pm: Thailand v Chinese Taipei
4pm: Kazakhstan v India
6.30pm: Iran v Sri Lanka
6.30pm: Korea v Pakistan

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
10.30am: Chinese Taipei v Hong Kong China
10.30am: Oman v Kazakhstan
1.30pm: Japan v Thailand
1.30pm: India v China
4pm: Kuwait v Korea
4pm: Pakistan v Indonesia
6.30pm: Qatar v Iran
6.30pm: Sri Lanka v Australia

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
10.30am: Korea v Indonesia
10.30am: Kuwait v Pakistan
1.30pm: Qatar v Sri Lanka
1.30pm: India v Oman
4pm: Hong Kong China v Thailand
4pm: Chinese Taipei v Japan
6.30pm: Iran v Australia
6.30pm: China v Kazakhstan

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