2003 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

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Thailand

The Thailand national team and the Thailand Volleyball Association managed to achieve excellent results working with the FIVB development program "2001 National Team Project". In this they have been very well supported since 1979 by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand.

The selected juvenile players taller than 175 cm, are trained and taken care of in Yala, a city in southern part of Thailand, where they received three years of special tuition. The program has been such a success that they can now stand alongside such Volleyball greats as the leading teams of Asia; China, Korea and Japan, .

They scored a historic victory over Japan in 2001 and finished runner-up at the 11th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship, hosted in Thailand in the same year. In 2002 the junior team defeated Korea and Japan to finish second at the 11th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship in Vietnam.

Following this recent success the Thailand Volleyball Association has now launched another project known as the "2004 National Team Project", in which, since the end of 2001, they have been supported by BEC World. This new project will ensure that the next generation of Thai players will be nurtured and encourage to achieve even greater goals than their predecessors.

Thailand, currently 12th on the FIVB world rankings, competed in the Women's World Championship in 2003 in Germany, finishing equal 17th. Coming into this year's World Grand Prix Thailand will be hoping for dramatic improvement, especially on their eighth (out of eight teams) placing in last year's competition.