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Bangkok, Thailand, June 29, 2016 – The organisers insisted on Wednesday that Thailand is completely ready to host the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals between July 6 and 10, as the top-flight competition promises fans at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok as well as worldwide audience thrills and spills.

The press conference was held on Wednesday at Auditorium C-Asean, 10th floor of the CyberWorld Tower on Ratchada Road, Bangkok to announce the launch of generous sponsors of the global women’s premier volleyball competition and to review readiness of the organisers.

Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, president of the Thailand Volleyball Association presided over the meeting. Dhospaak’s managing director Mr Anuchat Piroontanapaisarn, Surin Krittayapongphan, deputy managing director and acting director of BEC, Jesadakorn Ghosh, vice president of Thai Drinks and Siam Commercial Bank’s Executive Vice President Miss Soramon Inkatanuvatana were guests of honour, with the Thailand women’s national team players, staff coaches and a large number of journalists in attendance.

Somporn disclosed in the meeting that the TVA have established working groups to maintain and strengthen communication lines with all parties involved in an effort of allocating responsibility for different parts of the group in line with the FIVB’s strict guidelines ranging from the competition hall, training courts, transportation, boarding and lodging, public relations and broadcasting.

“All preparation tasks are almost 100 percent completed ahead of the inspection by the FIVB officials on July 2. In terms of the competition, top five teams from the three-week preliminaries have completed the line-up for the Bangkok Finals. The USA, China, Russia, Brazil and the Netherlands will now join hosts Thailand to be pitted in the five-day showcase,” Somporn said.

Aside from the launch of the generous sponsors of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals, a tournament’s rabbit-like mascot named “Nong Yindee” was also inaugurated. The rabbit represents the Year of the Rabbit, the year in which HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was born. This is for Thai people from all walks of life to show their loyalty to their much-beloved monarch. The mascot was named “Yindee” (meaning Delighted) to mark the Thai people’s great delight and to announce their readiness for hosting the star-studded Finals.

Mr Anuchat revealed that Dhospaak has come up to take care of all the benefits and privileges as well as holding marketing activities related to the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals

Soramon also expressed her confidence that by hosting the world-class competition, Thailand will become a centre of attention, while Thai people stand a chance of watching one of the most-watched volleyball tournaments in the country.

In terms of the live broadcast of the Bangkok Finals, TV Channel 3 as Host TV Broadcaster has already prepared high-quality live broadcast appliance with international standards necessarily required by FIVB. More importantly, personnels whose training and responsibility are based on actual international field experience have also been prepared for the live broadcast task.

All Thai matches will be shown live on Channel 3HD (Channel 33), while the other matches will also be brought for live broadcast on Channel 3SD (Channel 28). The tournament updates can be followed on www.thaitv3.com, www.krobkruakao.com and www.becmultimedia.com.

Jesadakorn said that Thai Drinks and Est Cola are proud to support the tournament as the Presenting Sponsor. She said despite the fact that all tickets were sold out in the first five minutes after the ticket reservation was made on May 23, the giant LED screen with live broadcast signals will also be set up in front of Hua Mark Indoor Stadium to serve for those who could not afford tickets as well as fun activities and entertainment booths.

DRAW
Pool K: USA (1st), China (2nd), Netherlands (5th)
Pool J: Russia (3rd), Brazil (4th), Thailand (hosts)

MATCH SCHEDULE (all local time)
POOL ROUND-ROBIN PRELIMINARIES
JULY 6
3pm: USA v Netherlands
6pm: Thailand v Brazil

JULY 7
3pm: China v Netherlands
6pm: Russia v Brazil

JULY 8
3pm: USA v China
6pm: Thailand v Russia

JULY 9
SEMI-FINALS
3pm: 1st Pool J v 2nd Pool K
6pm: 1st Pool K v 2nd Pool J

JULY 10
5th-6th PLAYOFF
12pm: 3rd Pool J v 3rd Pool K
THIRD-PLACE PLAYOFF
3pm: Semi-finals losers 1 v Semi-finals losers 2
FINAL
6pm: Semi-finals winners 1 v Semi-finals winners 2

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