Asian Men’s Club Championship to be held in Tehran
Tehran, Iran, April 15, 2013 – The top men’s volleyball clubs in Asia will gather in the capital city of Iran next week to compete for the 2013 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship title and the chance to attend the World Club Championships in October.
The championship – which runs from April 21 to 29 – will begin with 14 teams divided into four pools. After the preliminary round, the top two teams from each pool will advance to the classification round to decide their rankings. The teams who have already played among each other in the previous round will not play again, but the result will be brought for the consideration of their rankings.
Pool divisions are as follows:
Pool A: Iran’s Kaleh, Kuwait’s Al Arabi, United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain, China’s Taipei
Pool B: Qatar’s Rayyan, Uzbekistan, Iraq’s South Gas
Pool C: China’s Liaoning, Kazakhstan, Oman, Maldives
Defending champion Qatar, who defeated host China in a nail-biting final match last year and took home the gold medal for first ever time, will certainly meet strong challenge from the host team in this tournament. Iran is the team with the most wins in the Asian Club Championship, with eight titles in the past 13 editions between 2002 and 2011. Kaleh is also expected to take advantage of being on home ground to win the back the title and keep the cup at home.
Iran has a long history of hosting various Asian volleyball competitions. In addition to hosting the AVC Club Championship in 2002, 2004 and 2013, Iran has also hosted the men’s U-19 Asian Championship (2005), Asian Junior Men’s Championships (2006 and 2008), Asian Youth Boys Championship (2010), Asian Men’s Cup (2010) and Asian Senior Men’s Championship (2011).
Schedule of the preliminary round:
09:00 Lebanon vs. India
11:00 Uzbekistan vs. Iraq
13:00 Kuwait vs. United Arab Emirates
15:00 Oman vs. Kazakhstan
17:00 Chinese Taipei vs. Iran
19:00 Maldives vs. Japan
09:00 Qatar vs. Uzbikstan
11:00 Kuwait vs.Chinese Taipei
13:00 China vs. Lebanon
15:00 Kazakhstan vs. Japan
17:00 United Arab Emitates vs. Iran
19:00 Oman vs. Maldives
09:00 Chinese Taipei vs. United Arab Emirates
11:00 Iraq vs. Qatar
13:00 India vs. China
15:00 Maldives vs. Kazakhstan
17:00 Iran vs. Kuwait
19:00 Japan vs. Oman
Quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be held on April 27 through 29.