GTM OF 12TH ASIAN MEN’S U18 CHAMPIONSHIP IN IRAN COMPLETED
Tabriz, Iran, June 28, 2018 – The General Technical Meeting of the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship took place at Gostaresh Hotel here on Thursday, with Islamic Republic of Iran Volleyball Federation President Dr. Ahmad Ziayee and Control Committee Chairman Mr Saeed Derakhshandeh jointly presiding.
With 17 coaches and team officials in attendance, the meeting was held to check if all is set for the eight-day championship, which will take place from June 29 to July 6 and serve as the Asian qualification tournament for the 2019 FIVB Men’s U19 Volleyball World Championship. Only top four teams will make the cut for the next year’s world meet.
A total of 17 teams confirmed their participation in the championship comprising hosts Iran, China, Japan, India, Thailand, Qatar, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Oman, while Uzbekistan withdrew earlier from the top-flight competition.
After the welcome speech from Dr. Behtaj, General Manager of Youth & Sports Organization of East Azerbaijan, the IRIVF President emphasized that his main target to hold the Asian tournaments in different cities of Iran is to decentralize volleyball from the capital city and give the chance to different Iran cities to have their voice in volleyball.
Technical Delegate Mr. Jaksuwan Tocharoen informed all participating teams necessary matters including eligibility of players and officials (team composition), while Referee Delegate Mr. Songsak Chareonpong reported on the Rules of the Game to be applied, discipline on the court and match protocol. During the meeting, team officials from Japan and China launched a complaint as they claimed that they had the old rules and their team compositions are different from the new rules.
Medical Delegate Dr. Nowrouzi talked about the medical matters including the anti-doping control and court medical assistance, while Press Delegate Ms. Maryam Hessaby informed the team head coaches about the press interviews at the mixed zone and asked them to catch updates of the competition on AVC social media platforms including AVC Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
At the previous edition (Men’s U19) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last year, Japan pulled off a scintillating 3-0 win over Korea in the final showdown, while China stunned title-holders Iran 3-1 in the third-place playoff. However, all four teams – Japan, Korea, China and Iran, qualified for the FIVB Men’s U19 World Championship in Riffa, Bahrain the same year, which saw Iran capture the world title after a dramatic 3-1 win against Russia in the final showdown. Japan powered past Korea in straight sets to take the third position.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
At Court 1
Hong Kong v Australia
Japan v China
Iran v Thailand
At Court 2
India v Oman
New Zealand v Pakistan
Malaysia v Turkmenistan
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