Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, June 14, 2024 – Nakhon Pathom, a province located around 56km west of Thailand’s capital city Bangkok, is set to host the 15th Asian Women’s U18 Volleyball Championship between June 16 and 23, which serves as Asian qualification for the 2025 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U19 World Championship.

Phara Pathom Chedi, a must-visit tourist spot located in Nakhon Pathom province

Nakhon Pathom, featuring an ancient religious structure called Phara Pathom Chedi, the first religious landmark that signified the influx of Buddhism into Thailand, and known for its abundant fruit varieties and famous dishes, has just completed hosting the 22nd “Princess Cup” Women’s U18 Southeast Asian Volleyball Championship on June 13.

Actually, this is for the 9th time that Thailand is hosting the Asian Women’s U18 Championship and Nakhon Pathom is no stranger to the championship as the province is organizing the flagship biennial tournament for three times in a row (2018, 2022, 2024). Nakhon Pathom was also set to organize the 13th edition in 2020 but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ratchaburi Gymnasium

The 15th edition of the Asian Women’s U18 Championship will take place at Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium here and Ratchaburi Gymnasium in Ratchaburi province, with both competition sites being located apart with a distance of 42km.

A total of 13 teams are taking part in this topflight competition to fight for top honor and Top Four berths  in the next year’s Girls’ U19 World Championship.

Mr Cai Yi, middle, chairs joint meeting on Friday, with  Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han Joo on the right-hand side and Referee Delegate Mr Chang Chin Jong on the left.

Teams split into four pools A, B, C and D of three teams apiece, except Pool D with four teams. Hosts Thailand, Uzbekistan and Macao China are in Pool A, while Pool B consists of defending champions Japan, Iran and Philippines. Pool C features China, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong China, while Korea, Chinese Taipei, India and Australia are in Pool D.

Teams will contest pool round-robin preliminaries from June 16 to 18, with only top two teams from each pool through to the round of last 8. June 19 will be the rest day and the competition resumes on June 20 in the round of last 8, with teams from Pools B and D competing in Pool F and those from Pools A and C contesting Pool E. After pool round-robin competition in Pool E and Pool F, only top two teams from each pool will advance to semifinals and the lower-ranked sides contest the 5th-8th places. Classification Round for 9th-13th places will also be held.

To make things clear that the 15th edition of the Asian Women’s U18 Championship is ready to burst into action-packed encounters in Nakhon Pathom from June 16 to 23, the Control Committee, chaired by Mr Cai Yi from China, and local organisers assembled in the meeting room inside the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium for the first Joint Meeting to properly check relevant activities ahead of the official kickoff on Sunday.

Also attending the meeting were Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han Too from Korea, Technical Sub Committee Mr Raditia from Indonesia, Referee Delegate Mr Chang Chin Jong from Chinese Taipei and Referee Sub Committees Mr Wang Ning from China and Mr Jirachai Kasemsook from Thailand, VIS Delegate Ms Pavana Srithoop from Thailand as well as the local organizers including competition director, court manager, referee manager, technical manager and facility manager.

Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, AVC Executive Director and AVC Coordinator for the Tournament, speaking on behalf of AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo, welcomed all attendants and roughly provided them with the competition information. Control Committee President Mr Cai Yi introduced all AVC officials to the meeting, while each of the local organizing committee did likewise.

After that, Mr Shanrit explained the competition matters and relevant activities due to take place ahead of the championship including inspection of competition and training venues, preliminary inquiry, referee and VIS clinic and general technical meeting. 

The Joint Meeting was followed by the inspection for the two competition venues at Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium here and the Ratchaburi Gymnasium in Ratchaburi province. From the past, Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium has served as main competition venue for several key tournaments including the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round, the Asian Women’s Club Championship and the AVC Cup. 

Despite the fact that the competition venue was built many years ago, it has undergone renovation in recent years and used as main competition site for the 2022 AVC Cup for Men and the Asian Women’s U18 Championship on the same year. More importantly, the venue has just completed hosting the 22nd “Princess Cup” Women’s U18 Southeast Asian Championship on Thursday and as a result, it remains in perfect condition  with all facilities necessarily required and is ready 100% to serve as the main competition venue for the 15th Asian Women’s U18 Championship. The venue inspection was completely conducted in a short time. The inspection to all training venues as well as the second competition hall at Ratchaburi Gymnasium was also conducted with nothing to worry about. They are in good condition and ready for use.

In the Friday evening, the preliminary inquiry was held at River Hotel. Participating teams met the Control Committee for a short interview, having the list of their rosters, uniforms, ID cards, traveling documents properly checked. There, teams were informed of all necessary competition information such as transportation, accommodations and medical services.


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