Hangzhou, China, September 18, 2023 – Control Committee Members, referees officiating in the 19th Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition, local organisers, working groups and team officials from all 19 participating teams actively assembled in the Meeting Hall inside NOC Service Center here on Monday for the General Technical Meeting.

Dr Eom Han-Joo from Korea, Technical Delegate of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Men’s Volleyball Competition, presided over the meeting, joined by AVC Coordinator Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself AVC Executive Director, and Mr Cai Yi,  AVC Senior Executive Vice President and Deputy Director of the volleyball competition and leader of the China Volleyball Association. To everyone’s great delight, Mr Wei Jizhong, FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President as well as OCA Honorary Life Vice President, turned up at the meeting as guest of honor.

Mr Wei Jizhong

Mr Wei Jizhong delivered a welcome speech to all attendants, citing that he was very happy for the huge participation of Asian teams and wished every team the very best of luck in the topflight competition of the quadrennial sports extravaganza in Hangzhou, China.

Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, in the middle, Mr Cai Yi, far right, and Mr Wei Jizhong, far left

Mr Shanrit also gave an opening speech to all participants, saying on behalf of AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo that he and all meeting attendants were delighted that Mr Wei Jizhong was gracing them with his presence in the meeting. He has pinned his hopes on kind cooperation between AVC, CC Members, 19th Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) and local organizes to play a key role in the remarkable success of 19th Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition.

Dr Eom Han-Joo, in the middle, Mr Takashi Shimoyama, far left, and Mr Wei Jizhong, far right

Introduction of all Control Committee Members has been made by Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han-Joo. Referee Delegate Mr Takashi Shimoyama and Mr Cai Yi also did likewise, with the former introducing all international referees in charge in the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Men’s Volleyball Competition to the meeting and the latter presenting working groups and local organisers. Presentation of delegations from all 19 participating teams was also made in the same occasion.

Dr Rueangsak Siriphol, far left, Mr Takashi Shimoyama, in the middle, and Dr Eom Han-Joo, far right

After that, Dr Eom reported on the technical matters including confirmation of team list and officials on the bench, team composition, uniform color assignment, dress uniformity of the officials on the bench, the court side and a path to Mixed Zone after match, places for team seats, video cameras and statisticians.

The referee matters were reported by Mr Shimoyama which included Rules of the Game to be applied in this competition, match protocol and time segments on the court, video challenge and other rules. It was also confirmed that technical timeout will not be applied for use in the Hangzhou Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition.

Medical Delegate Dr Rueangsak Siriphol reported on medical matters including court medical assistance and ambulance and anti-doping control (if conducted) by ITA or International Testing Agency, while Press Delegate Mr Preechachan Wiriyanupappong put an emphasis on the post-match interview at the Mixed Zone and the position of the accredited photographers at the Photo Zones and the restricted court area.

Relevant matters on transportation plan for teams and officials, daily information and communities as well as further information in the village were reported by Mr Cai Yi.

Lastly, Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han-Joo  emphasized the FOP (field of play) control by OC security, mutual respects among the national federations, hosts and AVC and, for clear understanding, repeated that the Asian Games is controlled by OCA and HAGOC.

Mr Wei Jizhong once again wished the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 a great success and all participating teams the very best of luck in the 19th Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition. 

After 65 minutes of reports and discussions, the meeting came to a successful close and all is set now for the start of the competition on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, all international referees took part in the Referee Clinic prior to the matchday.

Mr Wang Ning

Mr Chang Chin Jong

In the Monday morning, they underwent the theoretical part at the meeting room at the Linping Sports Center Gymnasium and stood a good opportunity to learn all necessary refereeing matters including crucial rules of the game from Referee Delegate Mr Takashi Shimoyama and other four Referee Sub-Committees – Mr Chang Chin Jong from Chinese Taipei, Dr Khalid Al-Zughaibi from Saudi Arabia, Mr Wang Ning from China and Mr S. Beny Coonghe from India.

Having completed the theoretical phase in the morning, all referees as well as court officials attended the practical session inside the court in the afternoon.

Dr Khalid Al-Zughaibi 

They had a chance of officiating matches performed by two demonstration teams aside from working closely with VIS and the Video Challenge Systems which will help them benefit the new technology to assist the referees in the decision-making process in order to make the game absolutely fair to the athletes’ actions. 

The Final Venue Inspection was also made on Tuesday by Control Committee, led by Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han-Joo.

Regarding the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition, a strong field of 19 teams will strut their stuff in the one-week competition, split into six pools. Pool A consists of hosts China, which captured the AVC Cup for Men title last year in Thailand and 16th place in the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Defending and consecutive two-time champions Iran, current world No.11, are in Pool B together with Nepal and world No.74 Bahrain, while Pool C features world No. 27 Korea, world No.73 India and Cambodia.

World No.43 Chinese Taipei, world No.51 Pakistan and Mongolia are in Pool D, with Pool E comprising world No.17 Qatar, AVC Challenge Cup champions Thailand and Hong Kong China. World No.5 and newly-crowned Asian champions Japan, which made history by finishing the podium for the first time at the recent FIVB Volleyball Nations League, are in Pool F together with Indonesia, Philippines and Afghanistan. However, following the confirmation of team rosters, Japan are fielding their second-string team with only 11 players.

Teams will compete in the pool round-robin preliminaries from September 19 to 21. Only top 2 teams from each pool will advance to round of last 12, with qualified teams contesting cross matches (B1 vs E2, A2 vs F1, A1 vs F2, B2 v E1, C1 vs D2, C2 v D1). The six winning teams will next fight for ranking 1-6, with the remaining 6 losers relegated to ranking 7-12.

On September 19, the opening day of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Competition, Kyrgyzstan will begin their first-round campaign against Kazakhstan in Pool A at China Textile City Sports Center Gymnasium, followed by another Pool B match between Nepal and Bahrain and the Pool C encounter between India and Cambodia. 

The other Day 1 action sees Pakistan challenge Mongolia in Pool D and Thailand take on Hong Kong, China in Pool E at Linping Sports Center Gymnasium, while Japan face Afghanistan and Indonesia play Philippines in Pool F at Deqing Sports Center Gymnasium.


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