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1st World U-185 Championship in Indonesia by Eva C. Komandjaja, Jakarta Post  

Five countries, including Indonesia, will participate in the Sampoerna Hijau Voli World U-185 Championship here at the Senayan Indoor Stadium from October 6 to October 10.

Chief of the organizing committee Jetty Pattiasina said that this would be the first men's Volleyball competition in the world which uses a height limit for the participants.

"I read in a survey report that approximately 75 percent of the world's population is less than 185 centimeters (6 feet 2 inches) tall," he said. "Therefore, this competition enables the majority of the world's population to take part in the event."

Volleyball teams from Japan, Chinese Taipei, Russia and Myanmar have confirmed their participation in the event, which offers the Borobudur Cup but no prize money.

Chairwoman of the Indonesian Volleyball Association and FIVB Executive Vice-President Rita Subowo said the main purpose of holding this event was to promote the competition as the FIVB's regular competition in the future.

"We hope that the FIVB will include this competition in its annual agenda and we also hope that the U-185 competition will be included in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, although it would be in the form of an exhibition event," Mrs. Subowo said.

The FIVB plans to unveil a similar competition for women called the World U-175 Volleyball Championship in 2005.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's team manager Zulfarshah admitted that his team did not have proper training for the event after the National Games (PON) held early this month.

"We've only had two weeks since PON and most of our players were playing in PON, so it's difficult to gauge our chances," Zulfarshah said.

He also added that most of the players from the foreign teams were relatively new so he could not predict, which of them would be the local team's toughest opponent.

However, he was confident that Indonesia could beat Chinese Taipei and Myanmar but was unsure about the team's chances of defeating Russia and Japan.

"We won 3-2 over Chinese Taipei in a Volleyball championship in Qatar last year and we also won 3-0 over Myanmar at the SEA Games in 2003," Zulfarshah said.

 

October 6th 2004

Indonesia (in white) vs Chinese Taipei (3 - 0)

October 6th 2004

Japan (in white) vs Myanmar (3 - 2)

October 7th 2004

Indonesia (in blue)  vs Russia (3 - 2)

October 8th 2004

Myanmar ( in blue) vs Chinese Taipei

October 8th 2004

Japan (in blue)  vs Russia (3 - 1)

October 9th 2004

Indonesia vs Myanmar (green) (0 - 3)

October 9th 2004

Chinese Taipei (in blue) vs Japan (3 - 1)

October 10th 2004

Chinese Taipei (in red) vs Russia (3 - 0)

October 10th 2004

Indonesia (in red) vs Japan (3 - 1)

 

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Myanmar

China

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