August 15, 2003 – Suphan Buri Sports Association chairman Waravuth Silapa-archa
confirmed on Friday that Suphan Buri is well-prepared for hosting the 2003
World Women’s Juniors Under-20 Volleyball Championship, its second attempt
on staging the world-class tournament, which starts on September 6.
Waravuth, a Member of Parliament, said in a press conference that preparation for hosting the
September 6-14 tournament is going smoothly as planned.
“I think we (Suphan Buri province) did a good job in making the World Boys’
Under-19 Volleyball Championship last July a memorable success," he said. "We gained
experience. To host the second world-class tournament will not pose any
major problem to the province.
“In fact, Suphan Buri hosted several major tournaments. Last year, we staged
some of the World Grand Prix. We also used to host the Asian Men’s Clubs Volleyball
Championship and the Princess Cup tournament. We all are confident of making
the world women’s junior tournament another success.”
He added that the championship will not only promote the sport in the
province and Thailand alike, but also help improve on the tourism atmosphere
in the country.
Suthep Suebsantiwong, vice president of the Thailand Volleyball Association
who presided over the press conference, said that TVA and Thai people alike
are greatly honoured to have a chance of hosting two world championships in
“I think Thai people are very lucky to stand a chance of watching the
world-class players from 16 teams play on home soil," Suthep said. "The standard of Thai volleyball
will improve in leaps and bounds.”
The nine-day meet will take place simultaneously in the Silapa-archa
Gymnasium and the Chaopha Hall, which is located just 300m away. A total of
16 teams will pit their expertise against each other in the championship.
African champions Algeria, Venezuela, The Netherlands and hosts Thailand are
in Group A, with North American champs Puerto Rico, Belarus, Russia and
South Korea in Group B. Group C comprise Ukraine, Germany, Taiwan and Asian
champions China, while European champs Poland, South America champions
Brazil, Cuba and Turkey are in Group D.