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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, July 28, 2018 – With just a few days remaining before the kickoff of the 2018 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, the first joint meeting was held to make sure everything is on the right track.

Control Committee Chairman Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself the AVC Secretary-General, chaired the Saturday’s joint meeting between the Control Committee and the local organisers at the competition venue to make an advance planning for the preliminary inquiry for all participating teams, their training schedule and match schedule as well as all important activities to be held ahead of the competition between July 30 and August 6.

Mr Shanrit informed the meeting that teams from Jordan, Iraq and Qatar have already pulled out of the eight-day championship, leaving only 13 teams to vie for the top honour. Traditionally, only the top team from the championship will represent Asia in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship the following year.

Sichuan from China are due to arrive in the Myanmar capital city a bit late on Sunday evening and it is likely that the Chinese team cannot attend the General Technical Meeting to be held at the same time when they are due to reach the Nay Pyi Taw Airport.

Mr Shanrit added that the preliminary inquiry can be held on Saturday afternoon since most of the participating teams have already arrived, leaving only the Chinese team to be the last squad to undergo the team interview.

Further informations have also been reported including the competition schedule and other activities such as the Referee and VIS Clinic on Sunday, General Technical Meeting on Sunday afternoon, which will be followed by the welcome dinner, and the opening ceremony ahead of the curtain-raisers between Myanmar’s Asia World Club and Binagar from Turkmenistan on Monday.

After the meeting, the venue inspection was made at the Hall B inside Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, which will be used as the main hall, and Hall C as the second hall. Despite the fact that both halls have yet been properly arranged and some decorations are still needed, the local organisers, based on their hosting experiences for several major competitions including the South East Asian Games volleyball competitions in 2013, the 2016 Asian Men’s Club Championship and the 2017 Asian Men’s U19 Championship, guaranteed that everything will be okay within Saturday, while both competition halls have also been reported to be well-prepared for training and competition in time. However, the final inspection to both halls will be held later on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 13 teams have confirmed their participation in this top-tier championship. Khatam Ardakan (Iran), Toray Arrows (Japan) and Atyrau (Kazakhstan) are in Pool A, with Sichuan (China), Long Power (Chinese Taipei) and Sanest Khanh Hoa (Vietnam) in Pool B. Pool C comprises Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC (Thailand), Australia, Lanka Lions (Sri Lanka) and Hong Kong, while Pool D comprises hosts Asia World Club (Myanmar), Pakistan and Binagar (Turkmenistan).

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