Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, March 22, 2018 – Top seeds Thailand will kick off their campaign against Malaysia and Sir Lanka in the respective men’s and women’s events in the SMM Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Sports School competition site in Nakhon Pathom on Friday.
The double-gender Championships, the Asian Zone Qualifying Tournament for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina between October 6 and 18, 2018, and the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in China, will be held from March 23 to 25, with a total of 37 teams including 23 men’s vying for the top honours and quotas on offer for both events.
Top three teams (country team) from each gender from the three-day competition will secure berths to compete in the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships, which is due to take place in Nanjing, China from June 26 to July 1, 2018, while the similar amount of the YOG quotas is also expected from the Asian meet, depending on the proportion of registered NFs teams participating in the event.
“AVC need at least 31 federations to participate in the event in order to keep five quotas for the YOG. If we hold this event in the Oceania Zone alone, it’s not easy for teams from other Zones to compete. In the same token, if we organise this event either in Maldives or Thailand alone, many teams from the Oceania Zone cannot take part in. That’s why we have to organise this event the way we did this year, one in Australia for Oceania Zone and another one in Thailand. This is to make sure that we will keep five quotas for the YOG including two from the Oceania Zone,” said AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself president of the Control Committee, during the General Technical Meeting on Thursday at Whale Hotel in Nakhon Pathom.
Meanwhile, according to the results of the women’s draw, conducted by Technical Supervisor Mr Kritsada Panaseri, top seeds Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore are in Pool A, with second seeds China, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei in Pool B. Pool C comprises third seeds Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Maldives, while Pool D consists of fourth seeds Kazakhstan, fifth seeds Indonesia, Laos and India.
In the men’s event, top seeds Thailand are in Pool A with Myanmar and Malaysia, while Pool B comprises second seeds Qatar, Pakistan and Cambodia. Third seeds Indonesia, Nepal and India are in Pool C, with fourth seeds Iran, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam in Pool D.
Fifth seeds Kazakhstan, Laos and Saudi Arabia are in Pool E, while sixth seeds Japan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are in Pool F. Pool G consists of seventh seeds Oman, Maldives and Singapore, with eighth seeds China and Hong Kong in Pool H.
The pool round-robin preliminaries will start on Friday. After the pool plays, only top two teams from each pool in both men’s and women’s events will advance to the second round.
Thailand take on Malaysia in the curtain-raising match in the men’s event on Friday, while Qatar play Cambodia, Indonesia meet India, Iran face Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan play Laos, Japan meet Sri Lanka, Oman take on Maldives and China play Hong Kong.
The women’s encounters see Thailand play Sri Lanka, China take on Vietnam, Japan face Hong Kong and Myanmar meet Maldives.
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