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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Thailand’s first experience of the World Grand Prix came
after they finished third at the 2001 Asian Senior Women’s
Volleyball Championship after stunning Japan in the third-
place playoff. With their superb form, the FIVB gave them
the green light to test their mettle at the international
level. They have participated in the World Grand Prix every
year since then, with the exception of 2007.
Ironically, the year off from the World Grand Prix coincided
with Thailand’s first success when they defied all odds to
beat South Korea, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei to earn
third place at the 14
th
Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball
Championship in 2007. In their debut at the FIVB World
Cup in Japan that same year,Thailand finished in 10
th
place
following two wins in the top-flight competition. Then in
2009
the Thai team pulled out a stunning defeat over
perennial winners China in the showdown to be crowned
Asian champions for the first time ever. In 2010, Thailand
finished 13
th
at the FIVB World Championship but have
improved immensely since. The following year Thailand
made history by storming into the eight-teamWorld Grand
Prix Finals in Macau for the first time, finishing in sixth
place before advancing to the six-team 2012 Finals in
Ningbo and beating China on home soil for the first time.
They also defeated former three-time Olympic winners
Cuba to record their best ever world Grand Prix result of
fourth before going on to capture the AVC Cup for women
in Kazakhstan, which qualified them for this year’s World
Grand Prix. With Radchatagriengkai Kiattipong continuing
COACH
Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai is
a former national player turned
coach. Under his leadership the
team made history by qualifying for
the 1998 World Championship for
the first time finishing 15
th
overall
in the competition. He took the
team to another World Championship in 2002 where
they finished 20
th
and then again in 2010 where the team
reached a13
th
place. Kiattipong underlined his credentials
even more when he led the team to the top of the victory
podium at the 2009 Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball
Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the Thai team
stunned the 11-time champions China.The victory earned
Thailand a spot in the FIVB World Grand Champions
Cup in Japan. In 2011, Kiattipong led his squad to the
FIVB World Grand Prix Finals for the first time in history,
where they finished sixth in Macau. In 2012 he led the
women’s team to another Finals in Ningbo, China where
Thailand finished fourth – their best-ever performance in
the tournament. His team also captured the women’s AVC
Cup in Kazakhstan that same year.
THAILAND
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
12
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
4
th
2012
4
th
2012
Week 1
C
Week 2
J
Week 3
L
POOLS
as coach and Onuma Sittirak,who finished last year’s Finals
as the second-best scorer behind USA’s Megan Hodge, and
captain Wilavan Apinyaong still in the mix, hopes are high
Thailand can continue their record breaking form.