Bangkok, Thailand, May 4, 2015 – The AVC Referees’ Course and Pre-International Referee Candidates Course, one of the AVC Development Programs to support all AVC affiliated federations, started at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, with Thailand Volleyball Association’s President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang presiding over the opening ceremony.
The main objectives of the course, which will be held at the Center from May 4 to 8, is to improve and develop the National Volleyball Referees to become AVC Referees aside from getting ready for an attendance in the International Referee Candidate Course in the near future.
The participants in the five-day course, which will be conducted by Course Instructor and Chairman of the AVC Referees Committee Mr Songsak Charoenpong, are referees from 10 federations of Eastern and South Eastern Zones of Asia consisting of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
Also joining the Monday’s opening ceremony at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok as guests of honour were Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, Vice President and Secretary-General of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, Mr Chai Nimakorn, Director of the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok, and Dr Ruengsak Siriphol, General Manager of the AVC Headquarters.
“On behalf of the Thailand Volleyball Association, it’s my great pleasure and honour to be entrusted by the AVC to organise the AVC Referees’ Course and Pre-International Referee Candidates Course at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok, Thailand. I would like to extend my sincerity and warmest welcome to all of the participants from 10 federations,” Mr Somporn said in his welcome speech.
“You are one of the most important parts of our sport, volleyball. Therefore, by sharing your knowledge and valuable experiences, the course will be more interesting and a great success. More importantly, when you return, the new techniques and special experiences you have obtained here will make volleyball more interesting and exciting for the spectators and the medias,” he added.
The course, which will be conducted in both theoretical and practical parts, will run through Friday. At the completion of the course on May 8, some referees attending the course and assigned by the AVC will leave for Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar to officiate at the inaugural Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship from May 12 to 20.