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INAUGURAL AVC MEN’S CHALLENGE CUP TO BE HELD IN SRI LANKA SEPT 15-21


Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 15, 2018 – The 2018 AVC Men’s Challenge Cup, an international volleyball competition in Asia and Oceania contested by the lower-ranked senior men’s national teams, will take place at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo between September 15 and 21.

Eight teams have been divided into two pools. Hosts Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong China and Saudi Arabia are in Pool A, with the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mongolia in Pool B.

Among the participating teams, Saudi Arabia have been regarded as the strong team as the world ranked No.50 finished 10th at the recent Asian Games in Indonesia, but hosts Sri Lanka, ranked 78th in the world and 13th position at the Asian Games, are ready to mount a sturdy challenge against them. The remaining teams are also expected to come up with utmost efforts for possible best performances in the tournament.

The pool round-robin preliminaries will start on Saturday, with Bangladesh taking on Iraq in the opening match, followed by the encounter between the United Arab Emirates and Mongolia. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 3pm, followed by the curtain-raisers between Sri Lanka and Hong Kong China. Malaysia will play Saudi Arabia in the last match of the day.

After three days of the pool plays, teams in Pool A will be classified as R1, R2, R3 and R4 respectively, with teams in Pool B classified as R5, R6, R7 and R8 up to their performances in the preliminaries.

To make sure that everything was put on the right place ahead of the competition, a joint meeting was held on Thursday between the Control Committee, chaired by G.E. Sridharan, and the local organising committee, while the General Technical Meeting took place on Friday.

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

POOL ROUND-ROBIN PRELIMINARIES

SEPT 15

09.00am: Bangladesh v Iraq

11.00am: UAE v Mongolia

15.00pm: Opening Ceremony

16.00pm: Sri Lanka v Hong Kong China

18.30pm: Malaysia v Saudi Arabia

SEPT 16

10.00am: UAE v Bangladesh

13.30pm: Mongolia v Iraq

16.00pm: Sri Lanka v Malaysia

18.30pm: Hong Kong China v Saudi Arabia

SEPT 17

10.00am: Iraq v UAE

13.30pm: Bangladesh v Mongolia

16.00pm: Malaysia v Hong Kong China

18.30pm: Saudi Arabia v Sri Lanka

 

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