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FIVB President officially opens five new schools in Thailand

President Jizhong Wei attended the special ceremony in Thailand alongside the Thailand Volleyball Association and representatives from five provinces
Phuket, Thailand, July 21, 2010 - FIVB President Mr Jizhong Wei officially opened school buildings and outdoor Volleyball courts at five tsunami-hit schools in southern Thailand provinces on Tuesday.

Mr.Wei and his wife joined the Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) Executive Committee and representatives from the local media at the Cherngthale Wittayakom School in Phuket and Ao Nang Kindergarten School in Krabi for the inauguration of the schools buildings and facilities. Representatives from Trang, Ranong and Satun provinces also took part in the handover.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony students of all five schools performed impressive traditional dances for their guests.

Mr. Wei also gave away Volleyballs and FIVB commemorative plaques to the representatives from each province and he in turn presented with hand-made souvenirs.

“On behalf of the FIVB, I would like to say that I’m very happy to preside over the handover of the school buildings and Volleyball courts here,” Mr. Wei said during a speech. “The aid project and the FIVB pledge is in line with the sport body’s development policy to share love and sympathy to those who have been given less opportunities in society.”

TVA’s president Pongpayom Vasaphuti expressed his gratitude to Mr. Wei, saying that this is the first time that Thailand has synthetic turf Volleyball courts. He hopes to see Thai youngsters develop their Volleyball skills in the near future.
“Volleyball has gained popularity in Thailand and I hope playing this sport will help Thai kids increase their learning of the sport in the country,” he said. “I believe that the courts will be a useful source for young students to seriously learn tactics and techniques aside from playing a game among friends.”

According to TVA’s executive Shanrit Wongprasert, the construction task for the school buildings and the outdoor Volleyball courts had been completed in six months.

“The construction task started last October for a total of five schools plus seven Volleyball courts in Thailand,” Mr. Shanrit said. “It’s worth Bt35 million in total. The construction is also under way in other tsunami-hit countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Maldives.”

He added that Ban Bangbara School in Satun, Ban Pakmeng School in Trang, Ao Nang Kindergarten School in Krabi and Suksamran Ratrangsang School in Ranong will also receive newly-constructed buildings and outdoor Volleyball courts from the FIVB.

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