Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 21, 2013 – A press conference and a drawing of lots ceremony for the 17th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship took place at the Sima Thani Hotel on Friday." />
AVC confirms pool draw for Asian Women's Championship
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 21, 2013 – A press conference and a drawing of lots ceremony for the 17th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship took place at the Sima Thani Hotel on Friday.
The governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Vinai Buadpradit, and the President of Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Administration, Ranongrak Suwanchawee, were present for the press conference. Buadpradit confirmed that preparations for the competitions are underway and that home fans are looking forward to watching Asia’s biggest volleyball competition.
The Asian Senior Women’s Championship is set to take place from September 13-21, 2013 in Nakhonpathom and Ratchaburi, Thailand. The nine-day competition will be held in two venues, namely Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall and the Chartchai Gym inside the Chalerm Phrakiart Stadium.
The drawing of lots was held shortly after the press conference, with AVC Sports Events President Shanrit Wongprasert and FIVB representative Ramon Suzara jointly conducting the ceremony. A total of 16 teams have confirmed their participation in the championship.
Hosts Thailand are grouped with Kazakhstan, Australia and Mongolia in Pool A. China, the 12-time and defending Asian champions, are in Pool B with Iran, India and the Philippines. Olympic bronze medallists Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Hong Kong comprise Pool C; while Korea, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka and Myanmar round up Pool D.
The preliminary round will be played on a group round-robin format from September 13 to 15. Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will be relegated to play in the 9th-16th classification round.
The Asian Championship also serves as a qualification tournament to various competitions such as the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and the AVC Cup. The winner will represent Asia at the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan from November 12-17, 2013.
The top two teams will also be eligible to compete for the 2014 edition of the World Grand Prix, excluding China and Japan, who are already automatically qualified. The top eight teams from the Asian Championship will also receive the green light to compete in the 4th AVC Cup next year.