Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, June 17, 2021 – The Philippines and Lebanon will battle it out in the curtain-raising match of the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Semi-finals at the competition venue in front of Mida Grande Hotel Dhavaravati Nakhon Pathom here on Friday.

Technical Delegate Mr Kritsada Panaseri and Referee Delegate Mr Songsak Chareonpong jointly chaired the team briefing on Thursday evening, with team managers of all participating federations in attendance. Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19, the meeting was held via Zoom meeting to help keep face-to-face communication a top priority for clear understanding of the teams’ seedings, rules of the games and match schedule.

Kritsada welcomed all teams participating in the AVC Continental Cup Semi-finals between June 18 and 19, 2021 and wished them the best of luck in the double-gender competition, while Songsak confirmed on competition and refereeing matters.

The team briefing was very important as it was the last chance to check everything in the right position for Friday’s opening of the competition, which serves as the Asia’s last Olympic qualifying tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

During the team briefing on Thursday, all participating teams (federations) have been confirmed of seedings and match schedule for the two-day Semi-finals.

Only three teams (federations), Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines, will contest the women’s event, which will see only the top two teams (federations) advancing to the 8-team Finals from June 25 to 27 at the same venue. Japan are top seeds, with New Zealand and the Philippines seeded second and third respectively.

In the men’s competition, five teams (federations), namely, Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Lebanon will vie for the top honour and the lone berth for the 8-team Finals. Australia are top seeds, while Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Lebanon are second, third, fourth and fifth seeds respectively.

On Friday, starting at 8am local time, the Philippines will take on Lebanon in the first match, while Japan will test their mettle against Kazakhstan in the second encounter at 9.30am. In case of a 1-1 tie, the golden match will be used at least 50 minutes after the last match to determine the eventual winning team (federation).

At 3pm, the winning team (federation) of the first match between the Philippines and Lebanon will go up against top seeds Australia.

The final showdown in the men’s event will be held on Saturday at 9am, with the two winning teams (federations) – Japan-Kazakhstan and Australia-winners (Philippines-Lebanon) – fighting it out for the eventual title and the only one ticket for the Finals.

The first match in the women’s category commences on Friday at 1.30pm, with New Zealand challenging the Philippines. Like the men’s event, if the match ends in a 1-1 tie, a golden match will be used at least 50 minutes after the last match to decide the eventual winning team (federation).

On Saturday at 10.30am, the winners of the match between New Zealand and the Philippines set up a final showdown with top seeds Japan. However, both teams contesting the showdown are guaranteed their eligibility to the Finals.

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