PRESS RELEASE 12.02.2004


AVC Junior Championships draw more Teams

Beijing, China, February 12, 2004 - There will be an increase in the number of countries attending the Asia Junior Men's/Women's Volleyball Championships in September, 2004 after an overwhelming number of AVC members committed their teams during the AVC Sports Events Council (SEC) meeting held from February 9-10 in Beijing, China.

Asian junior teams achieved good results in the international competitions in the year of 2003 and now with more entries into the Asian junior competition, it strongly demonstrates the increased attention AVC members are paying to the development of Volleyball amongst young people in Asia, who are the life blood of the future of Asian Volleyball.

Taking part in the 12th Asian Junior Men's Volleyball Championship due to be held from September 3-10 in Doha, Qatar are 17 teams - three more than the last edition in September 2002 in Iran. The teams are Australia, Bahrain, bronze medal winner in 2002 China, Chinese Taipei, 2003 runner-up India, Indonesia, defending champion Iran, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The 12th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship is attracting a total of 11 teams, also three teams more than last year's competition. The participants include defending champion China, runner-up Thailand, third-place finisher Chinese Taipei, India, Kazakhstan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Maldives. Asian women's powerhouse Japan and Korea, who finished a poor forth and fifth place respectively in the last championship, will also take part in this year's event. The women's championship is expected to be held from September 19-26 in Colombo of Sri Lanka.

AVC SEC also fixed the competition dates for the 2004 Asian Men's and Women's Club Volleyball Championships and conducted the drawing of lots.

The 2004 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship will be held from April 23-28, 2004 (not from April 21-28) in Tehran of Iran. The event draws a total of eight teams from seven AVC members. They are divided into two groups with Iran team one, Qatar, Uzbekistan and China in Pool A. Korea will play against Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and Iran team two in Pool B. The top two teams from each pool will enter the semi-final round.

The 2004 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship, which will take place from April 20-25, 2004 (original competition date was April 18-25) in Almaty of Kazakhstan, draws six teams from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Thailand, Korea and Chinese Taipei. The six teams will play a single round-robin competition to decide the rankings.

From the year of 2004, the names of AVC Club Tournaments will change from "AVC Cup Men's/Women's Club Tournaments" to "Asian Men's/Women's Club Volleyball