Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, April 24, 2023 – Team officials, Control Committee and organizers gathered in the Convention Hall inside the DIC Star Hotel Vinh Phuc on Monday to attend the General Technical Meeting for the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, carried out in accordance with the AVC General Regulations.
The multi-lateral meeting was held one day ahead of the official commencement of the topflight championship, the Asia’s qualification tournament, from which the eventual winners will represent the continent to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship due to be held later this year in China.
A total of 9 club teams will test their mettle in the April 25-May 2 tournament comprising Sport Center 1 (hosts Vietnam), King Whale Taipei (Chinese Taipei), Paykan (Iran) and Hisamitsu Springs (Japan) in Pool A and Liaoning Donghua VC (China), Hip Hing VC (Hong Kong, China), Altay VC (Kazakhstan), Khuvsgul Erchim VC (Mongolia) and Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force (Thailand) in Pool B.
All participating teams will play pool round-robin preliminaries, with only top two teams from each pool advancing to the cross semifinals. The lower-ranked sides finishing 3rd and 4th places in Pool A and 3rd, 4th and 5th places in Pool B will fight it out in classification round for 5th-9th places.
To ensure that all is set for the top-tier annual competition regarding the teams’ participation, host country’s roles, competition regulations and the organisers’ planned management in all aspects, the General Technical Meeting was held on Monday evening and came to a successful conclusion within one hour, with all 9 club teams notified of the technical matters from Control Committee President and Technical Delegate Dr Eom Han-Joo, refereeing issues from Referee Delegate Mr Takashi Shimoyama, information about press interviews from Press Delegate Mr Preechachan Wiriyanupappong as well as medical matters, the organisers’ updated information and special considerations under the COVID-19 situation.
Mr Le Tri Truong, Secretary General of the Volleyball Federation of Vietnam, presided over the General Technical Meeting and delivered a welcome speech to all participating teams, officials and Control Committee.
CC President Dr Eom Han-Joo chaired the Monday’s meeting. Saying on behalf of AVC President Mrs Rita Subowo, he expressed his sincere thanks to VFV and Vinh Phuc Province for their great contributions in hosting this championship, citing that this is the first AVC event in 2023 to be played in almost normal situations.
However, he stressed that as the COVID-19 pandemic is yet over, wearing face masks is highly recommended while staying outside the hotel and working inside the competition venue to ensure health and safety and prevent the spreading of the coronavirus.
The General Technical Meeting ended on high note, with teams thoroughly understanding the relevant competition matters and team officials, referees and Control Committee making use of the photo opportunity.
After that, the organizers held a welcome dinner for all participating teams, officials and Control Committee. Mr Vu Viet Vam, vice chairman of the Vinh Phuc Province, gave a welcome speech to all participants. Traditional Vietnamese musical instruments performed traditional and classical musics of Vietnam, while team players, officials and CC Members enjoyed Vietnamese dishes.
The Welcome Dinner came to the end and all participating teams left and rested, ready for the official kickoff of the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship the following day.
Three matches will be held on Tuesday, the first day of the competition. Mongolia’s Khuvsgul Erchim VC will challenge China’s Liaoning Donghua VC in the first match at 1pm local time, followed by the highly-anticipated clash at 4pm between Thailand’s Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force and the 2021 Asian Club champions Altay VC from Kazakhstan.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at 7pm, with hosts Vietnam’s Sport Center 1 taking on Iran’s Paykan in the curtain-raiser at 7.45pm.
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