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AVC to stage six major tournaments in 2015

Thailand will defend their title at the Asian Women's Senior Championship in China this year
Bangkok, Thailand, January 14, 2015 - The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) has launched its annual competition calendar, as seven countries including powerhouses China have confirmed their participation in all six AVC tournaments this year.

Six major indoor volleyball competitions will be hosted by six different nations. China, Japan, Thailand, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Chinese Taipei are the seven nations which have confirmed their participation in all the events.

Thrills and spills are expected in action-packed May when three tournaments will take place, starting with the first Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championship to be held in Manila, the Philippines from May 1 to 9. A total of 12 nations have confirmed their participation in the inaugural competition. Aside from the aforementioned seven countries, the five remaining teams participating in the top-notch nine-day event are Korea, Macao, India, Uzbekistan and Malaysia.

The inaugural Asian Men's U23 Volleyball Championship will be next, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar between May 12 and 20, with a huge interest from 19 countries. Saudi Arabia was the last team to submit their entry. Only two top teams apiece from the Asian Men's U23 and the Asian Women's U23 events will clinch berths to test their mettle in the FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from August 24 to 31 and the FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship in Ankara, Turkey from August 12 and 19.

Also in May, all eyes will be on the Asian women's spikers when they take part in the 18th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship, which is due to take place in Tianjin and Beijing, China from May 20 to 28.

A total of 15 teams have confirmed their participation in the top-flight tournament, with Thailand setting out to defend their title. Indomitable China, however, are expected to come out in full force in an effort to reclaim honours after finishing fourth in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, two years ago.

Iran will be the venue for the 18th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship from July 31 to August 8, with 19 countries participating. Saudi Arabia were the last team to submit their entry form, while Iran will pursue dreams of capturing the Asian crown three times in a row on home soil.

The Asian Men’s and Women’s Senior Volleyball Championships will serve as the qualification tournaments for the FIVB World Cup in Japan, from which the top two teams will clinch berths to compete in the next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The FIVB Women’s World Cup is due to take place between August 22 and September 6, while the men’s tournament will be held from September 8 to 23.

The remaining two tournaments to be sanctioned by the AVC are the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship from August 13 to 21 in Chinese Taipei, and the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship from September 12 to 20 in Hanam, Vietnam. Only the winners in each tournament will represent Asia in next year’s FIVB Volleyball Men’s and Women’s Club World Championships.

Iraq submitted their entry form to the AVC late, leaving a total of 17 countries to battle it out at the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, while the women’s tournament in Vietnam has attracted only nine nations. They include China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan, the Philippines, Thailand and hosts Vietnam.

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