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Volleyball Equipment Forum: Recycle used volleyball equipment
The FIVB Development Department encourages all national federations with used volleyball equipment in good working order to offer it, though this forum, to national federations who are able to make good use of it. Send us details of any used equipment ( that you have to offer and we will publish it through this forum. Don’t forget to include the name and address of who to contact to arrange shipping.    Get Involved!  Keep the ball flying!

2006 World Championships - Philippines
Chinese Taipei heads off Indonesia for first round
Cebu City, Philippines, March 6, 2005 – Having already secured the two tickets on offer to advance to the second round of the 2006 Men's Volleyball World Championships on Saturday, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia fought out an exhilarating four-set match on Sunday at the first round tournament (Asia Pool C) in Cebu City with Chinese Taipei winning the competition with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 26-24) victory.
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Pic: Chinese Taipei celebrate

General News
China Sets New and Higher Aims for Volleyball

Beijing, China, March 28, 2005 - In a bid to restore the bygone glory when China won five straight world title in the 1980’s, China Volleyball Association put forward ambitions plans and aims for the Chinese Volleyball players, including indoor and Beach Volleyball, in the next four years. More

Chinese Women and Head Coaches receive awards
Beijing, China, March 17, 2005 - The head coach of the Chinese National Women's Team, Chen Zhonghe and former head coach Yuan Weimin, received Awards from the "2005 China Top Sports Figure Glory" in the Chinese Southeastern city of Shenzhen on March 16. More

China's New National Women's Squad has been named
Beijing, China, February 21-The Chinese Volleyball Association announced the formation of the new national women's Volleyball team, setting its main sights on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. More

Beach Volleyball
New World Class Beach Volleyball Facility in Queensland
Queensland, Australia - February 25, 2005 - Playing Beach Volleyball at an elite level in Queensland has been made more achievable thanks to the State Government's new $2 million Beach Volleyball facility, Premier Peter Beattie said today. "The aim of this new facility is to attract additional Australian and new international Volleyball tournaments to Queensland, a state that is synonymous with the beach, sun and sand," Mr Beattie said. More

All aboard!
Sydney, Australia, November 20, 2004 - Australia's best Beach Volleyballers have launched the 2004-05 Vodafone Beach Volleyball Tour season in spectacular style by playing on an inflatable beach volleyball court aboard HMAS Tobruk in Sydney Harbour on 16 November 2004. More

Pic: Launching the season on an inflatable beach volleyball court aboard HMAS Tobruk in Sydney Harbour

China Dominates Asian Beach Volleyball Championships
Lianyungang, China, October 10, 2004 - China showed its powerful skills in Asian Beach Volleyball by winning the gold medals in both men's and women's tournaments at the 4th Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in the beautiful city of Lianyungang in the Southeastern province of Jiangsu in China on Sunday. More

China & Indonesia second leg victors on Asian Tour
Songkla, Thailand, April 15, 2004 - Indonesia's Agus Salim and Koko Prasetyo Darkuncoro took sweet revenge over China B's Xu Qiang and Xu Linyin to win the men's title in the Samila Asian Beach Volleyball Tour in Songkhla on Friday. More Day II Day I

China claim honours on Asian Tour
Phatthalung, Thailand, April 11, 2004 - China made a clean sweep of the men's and women's categories in the third Loma Asian Tour Beach Volleyball Invitation in Phatthalung on Sunday. More Day II Day I Preview

General News
Mr. Yazdani Khorram, Iranian Volleyball President receives award
Tehran, Iran, November 10 2004 - The awards ceremony of Governmental medals was held at Saad abad palace in Tehran, Iran. Governmental Merit and Management badge, type 3 was awarded to Yazdani Khorram the President of Iran Volleyball Federation. Out of 103 nominees, 32 persons were honoured with this award.  More

Pic: The President of Iran H. E. Mr. Khatami, presents Mr. Yazdani with the medal

China Retains Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship title
Beijing, China, September 27, 2004 - China successfully retained the top honor at the 12th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship after crushing Japan in straight sets in the final on Sunday in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 25-16, 25-22,25-20 victory gave China their sixth Asian Junior Championship title since 1992. More

South Korea Win Asia Challenge Cup Title
September 21, 2004 - The South Korean men's Volleyball team won the Asia Challenge Cup tournament after beating Taiwan in straight sets 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 in Sunday's final league match in Miyazaki, Japan. More
2004 World Grand Prix
China Beats Cuba to Win Women's Volleyball Tournament
Harbin, North China, May 22, 2004 -- World Cup champions China was extended to a five-set match to defeat Cuba to win the three-nation women's Volleyball tournament here Saturday evening. More
China Downs Poland in Women's Volleyball Internationals
Harbin, China, May 21 -- Hosts and World Cup champions China scored a straight-sets 25-11, 25-19, 25-23 victory over European Champions Poland 3-0 in the China International Women's Volleyball tournament here on Friday. More
Cuban women's Volleyball national team to play in China
Beijing, China, May 13, 2004 - The Cuba women's Volleyball national team will play two tournaments in China later this month, according to reports reaching here Thursday. More
Top sides set for four-nation tournament
Beijing, China, May 2, 2004 - As part of their World Grand Prix and Olympic Games preparations, World Cup and World Grand Prix champions China will meet Cuba, Poland and Turkey in a four-nation women's volleyball tournament from May 20-23. More

International Tour
Japan suffer series loss
Osaka, Japan, April 29, 2004 – Japan were dealt a 3-1 series defeat by the USA in Osaka on Thursday, losing the final game of the four-match tour by three sets to one. Japan had led the series having beaten the USA in the teams’ first encounter on April 24, yet the visitors displayed plenty of character as they fought back to win three-in-a-row. More
April 27, 2004 - USA double-up against Japan
April 25, 2004 - USA recover to down Japan in thriller

Asian Men's Club Championships
Club Sanam crowned kings of Asia

Tehran, Iran, April 28, 2004 - Club Sanam from Iran won the 2004 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship by defeating Club Paykan, also from Iran, by 3-0 in the final on Thursday. The two Iranian teams put on a fantastic display of Volleyball to entertain the 4,000 local spectators who turned out. More

Asian Women's Club Championships
Joyous Kazakhs celebrate title success
Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 26, 2004 - Local side Rahat Almaty won the 2004 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championships which took place in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh team's success came thanks to a final round-robin victory over their compatriots Astana Kanaty. More

International News
Chinese coach allays Zhao Ruirui fears

Beijing, China, April 12, 2004 - Chen Zhonghe, head coach of the Chinese national women’s Volleyball team, has said that Zhao Ruirui is certain to represent China at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Zhao Ruirui, the 1.97cm middle blocker, has not appeared in any of the first three matches in the friendly series against Japan in Southern China because of injuries and doubts had arisen over the player’s participation in the upcoming Olympic Games in Athens. More

International Friendly
China prove too strong for Japan
Beijing, China, April 11, 2004 – The Chinese women’s national Volleyball team continued their winning streak against their Japanese counterparts in an international friendly match that took place in Jinjiang in Southern China on Saturday. The 3-0 victory was China’s third in a five game series against Japan.

Asian Junior Championships
Asian Junior Championships draw announced
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2004 - The drawing of lots for the 12th Asian Junior
Men's and Women's Volleyball Championships, to be held in Qatar and Sri Lanka in September 2004, took place at the recent Asian Volleyball Confederation's Board of Administration meeting. More

General News
Asian women’s event set for China

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 07, 2004 – The 13th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championships will be held in Taicang, China in 2005, the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) announced on Wednesday. The decision was made following an AVC Board of Administration meeting. More

Thais opt for Russian reversal
March 19, 2004 - The Thailand women’s Volleyball team has decided to bypass their original heavy pre-season training schedule in April in order to participate in a warm up tournament in Russia. The initial plan for Thailand was to train intensively in China ahead of a crucial Olympic Qualification tournament in Tokyo, Japan in May, however, it was deemed more valuable to cut short the Chinese based preparations in favour of accepting an invitation to compete with seven other international teams in Russia. Thailand face a difficult task when they travel to Tokyo for the Olympic qualifier, which runs from May 6-8 but national team head coach Natthapol Srisamutnak, believes with a proper training schedule, his team will be in peak condition for the crucial examination. More

Indonesia happy to play host

March 19, 2004 - The President of the Volleyball Association of Indonesia (PBVSI) Rita Subowo has announced this week that Indonesia will play host to the Under 185 centimeters (U-185) International Men's Volleyball Championship in Jakarta in October as part of an increased international schedule for the Asian country.
Ms. Subowo also confirmed that Indonesia will be host to some 2004 Women's World Grand Prix Preliminary Round action in July. In addition to the two international Volleyball tournaments, PBVSI unveiled a plan to stage three national championships in 2004: the Proliga tournament from April to June, the Inter Club competition in August and the Premier league in October. More

2004 Olympic Games in Athens
Australian Team Prepares Olympic Games In Argentina
Beijing, China, July 21, 2004 ¨C The Australian Volleyball men's team started its specific match preparation for the Athens Olympics, with its two matches in a 4 test series against the 8th ranked team in the world, Argentina. In the first match that was as close as their last encounter, the opening match of the 2002 World Championships, the local team was just too strong for Australia, with each set being decided by narrow margins. . Olympic Qualifying News  Drawing of lots   Qualified women's teams  Qualified Men's teams Qualification process

Thai coach predicts Olympic struggle
March 12, 2004 - Thai head team coach, Natthapol Srisamutnak, has said his side faces a tough test in the upcoming Olympic Games qualifying tournament which is being held in Japan in May. “An uphill task awaits us,” Srisamutnak commented as the Thai women’s team prepared to undergo an intensive pre-qualifying training schedule. As eight teams, namely Greece, China, USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Kenya and Cuba are already assured of their respective places in Athens this summer, the remaining challengers must compete in a qualifier to determine who fills the remaining four spots available.  More

 Pic: Thai head team coach, Natthapol Srisamutnak Olympic Qualifying News  Drawing of lots   Qualified women's teams  Qualified Men's teams Qualification process

China aim for gold

March 10, 2004 - Women's Volleyball World Cup champions China are setting their sights on further success at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens this summer. The athletes arrived in Zhangzhou, in Southeastern China on Monday for an intensive month-long training regime which has been taking place behind closed doors. Asked if the World Cup winners would settle for a place among the top three in Athens, team manager Li Quangiang responded, "That's the priority, but at the same time, we will make every effort for the gold medal." More Pic: China celebrate after winning the 2004 World Cup title.

Thailand wins Asia-Pacific Women's Beach Volleyball Challenge
Bangkok, Thailand, March 1 -- Thailand A's Kamolthip Kulna and Jarunee Sannok added another feather to their cap by winning the Asia-Pacific Women's Beach Volleyball Challenge following a superb come-from-behind victory over China's Zhang Xi and Ji Linjun in a thrilling final 18-21, 25-23, 16-14 on Sunday.Both the Thai and Chinese teams made it to the final without dropping a set all tournament but it was the Thai duo who faltered first when China’s Zhang, 17, and 14-year-old Ji stormed home in the first set. The six-foot-plus Zhang became China's Great Wall in defense as Kamolthip tried everything to get high enough to get a ball past her. More

Top honours for Chinese women’s head coach

Beijing, China, February 22, 2004 – The head coach of the Chinese Women’s Volleyball team Chen Zhonghe has been selected as one of China’s 10 Inspirational Persons of the Year in 2003 in an annual campaign organized by China Central Television to select people who have inspired the country and moved its people during the year. The 10 people up for the award are selected from various walks of life, some of them well-known, others less famous. But what they have done must be an inspiration to China and its people. More

Thailand aims to set up professional Volleyball league

Bangkok, Thailand, February 18, 2004 - Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) foreign affairs spokesman and FIVB Board of Administration member Shanrit Wongprasert has said he hopes to set up Thailand’s first professional league, which he considers the only way to improve and develop Volleyball in the country.
Mr. Wongprasert admits Volleyball faces a big task in setting up and staging a professional Thailand Volleyball league but he says it is the only way to improve local standards and make Thai players world class. He said one needs well qualified staff, a sufficient budget, including a huge sum of prize money, and excellent promotion of the tournament. More

AVC to Focus on Development of Volleyball in 2004

Beijing, China, February 17, 2004 – The President of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Mr Jizhong Wei and its members decided they will concentrate their efforts in 2004 on developing Volleyball in Asia and attracting more AVC members to participate in competitions and host AVC or FIVB tournaments. These were the main subjects stressed by AVC during its Committee meetings held last week in Beijing, China.President Wei noted what the AVC must keep in mind is that the most important task facing Asia at the moment is the development of national federations and finding ways to help them to develop. More

Thai Women gearing up for Olympic Qualification tournament

Bangkok, Thailand, February 16, 2004 – The Thailand women’s Volleyball team are moving into top gear in preparation for the World Olympic Qualification tournament in Japan, which will be the last chance to vie for four Olympic berths, in two months time. Head coach Natthapol Srisamutnak has built a team combining some new talent with experienced veterans and the team has already started intensive training. Young guns Rattana Sanuanram and Wassana Pekpian are two of the exciting additions to the team, while the retired national setter Prim Inthawong has also been training. More

2004 Asian major competitions
Beijing, China, February 12, 2004 - The 2004 Asian major competition calendar was confirmed at the AVC Sports Events Council meeting held from February 9-10 in Beijing, China. Click here for Calendar details

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. More

Chennai Development Centre, India
January 31, 2004 - The FIVB Development Centre in Chennai, India conducted an International Refereeing Candidate Course for the first time in January and combined it with games from the Super League – the Indian national Volleyball league – to give the referees maximum benefit. The course, hosted by the GKM Foundation and sponsored by Nutrine Confectionery Private Ltd., a leading sweet company in India, allowed referees from Nepal, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India to officiate during Super League matches and have their performances assessed. More
Asian Volleyball makes rapid progress in 2003
January 13, 2004 - Asian teams achieved remarkable success in the year of 2003, much better than expected, which has won high praise from the international Volleyball family and the improvement of Asian Volleyball has been best illustrated by the reduction in the gap between the three Asian giants (Korea, China and Japan) and the other powers of world Volleyball. More

2003 Archives
2004 Archives