Thailand, as hosts of the U19
Boy's World Championship this year, will
be one of the teams to watch.
their third place at the Asian U19 Boy's
Championship in India, behind China and
Korea they have shown remarkable
improvement over the years as their
internal training programs start to pay
The Thailand Volleyball Association has
been administering the sport from the
earliest days of play to the present in
order to raise the standard of play to a
level comparable with that of the
The Olympics in 2008 is the goal of
many of the team and with that in mind a
yearly-training program has been
implemented to develop their skills in
order to enable them to compete
successfully on the world stage but
especially against the other Asian
The training program, called the
"2008 National Team Project",
has been supported since 2003 by the
Bangkok Entertainment Limited. The
selection process required players of 185
cm or over to be sent for further training
in Suphanburi province, where they
received special tuition for six years.
Having honed their skills from juvenile
through to junior level, the results are
starting to be seen at the age group level.
At the U19 Boy's Asian Championship
Thailand players picked up three awards -
Saimai Pladsrichuay was named the best
scorer, Kamolporn Sukmark finished the
tournament as the best setter and the best
libero award went to Suvipriew Bamrung.
Three players to keep an eye on and a
team, which will obviously be well
followed and supported.