Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 12, 2017 – Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichian Chantaranothai on Friday presided over the opening ceremony of the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at the Sima Thani Grand Ballroom, Sima Thani Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Distinguished guests including Mr Somporn Chaibangyang, President of the Thailand Volleyball Association, Control Committee led by its chairman Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, all players from 13 participating teams, working groups and staff as well as a large number of media representatives also took part in the ceremony.
A total of 13 pretty women led representatives from 13 teams to the stage. Shortly after hearing the report on the competition, Wichian delivered a welcome speech and wished all participating teams good luck in the prestigious tournament before hitting a giant gong to mark a sign of the official opening ceremony of the nine-day championship. After that, representatives from each participating team received souvenirs from the Nakhon Ratchasima Governor and plaques from Mr Somporn. A dazzling traditional dancing was performed in front of all participants ahead of the welcome dinner for all.
The championship, which will be held at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall from May 13 to 21, will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship to be held in Slovenia between September 10 and 17. Only top two teams from this Asian meet will make the cut for the world meet.
Participating teams comprise hosts Thailand, silver medallists at the previous edition in the Philippines two years ago, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Macao and Chinese Taipei.
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