Asian beach volleyball championship kicks off in Jinjiang
AVC technical supervisor Blair Harrison with vice mayor Ding Feng at the press conference of the AVC Beach Volleyball Championships in Jinjiang, China|
Jinjiang, China, June 4, 2014 – The top Asian
players have gathered in Fujian province’s Jinjiang City to compete for the continental
beach volleyball’s highest honour at the AVC Beach Volleyball Championships from
June 5 to 8 in Yakou Beach.
China have the most entries with three
teams each in the men’s and women’s divisions. Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Vanuatu have entered two teams each in the men’s
and women’s divisions. Chinese Taipei have two men’s teams and a women’s team,
while Nepal have one team for each division. Iran and Qatar have two teams each
in the men’s division, while New Zealand and Singapore fielded one team each in
the men’s division.
In the men’s division, the 24 teams are
divided into eight pools with three teams in each pool. A Round Robin format
will be played in each pool and the two best teams from each pool will advance
to the Round of 16, where a direct elimination format will be applied next.
Top seeds Sidorenko/Dyachenko from Kazakhstan
will play with Thai pair Sukarayotin/Kittipat (No. 17) and Qatari pair Abdelaziz/Abedelrasoul
in Pool E. Chinese pair Chen Cheng and Li Jian, who are seeded third in the
competition will be challenged by Iranian duo P. Farrokhi/A, Salagh and
Singapore’s H.C. Zhuo/J.P. Tan in Pool G. Second seeds Kapa/McHugh from
Australia will be in Pool F with China’s Li Zhuoxin and Zhang Lizeng and Hong
In the distaff side, the 17 teams are
divided into four pools with four teams in Pools A, B and C, and five teams in
Pool D. A Round Robin format will be played in each pool and only one team will
be eliminated to complete the Round of 16 team rosters.
Top seeds from the host country Xue/X.Y.
Xia will play the first match against Chinese Taipei duo Song Y.R./Pan T.Y. on
A press conference was held earlier prior
to the Technical Meeting at Yinghua Hotel, which was presided by the vice mayor
of the Jinjiang Municipal Government, Mr Ding Feng. Vice mayor Ding was joined
by the host country’s beach volleyball superstar Xue Chen, AVC technical supervisor
Mr Blair Harrison, director Ke Rongwei from the Municipal Publicity Department,
deputy secretary general Wang Jianping of China Volleyball Association,
director Huang Liang of Jinjiang Municipal Culture and Sports Bureau of Press
The vice mayor extended his warm welcome to
all the participants, the officials and the media during the press conference.
China Volleyball Association secretary general Wang emphasised the strategic
timing and location of Jinjiang for Asian beach volleyball.
“Last year, Jinjiang successfully organised
a leg of the China Beach Volley Tour,” Wang said. “I believe that Jinjiang is
capable of hosting higher level beach volleyball tournaments. This is a very busy
year for all Asian beach volleyball players because of the various competitions
that are lined up for the 2014 season such as the Incheon 2014 Asian Games in
September and the 2nd AVC Continental Cup, a qualification tournament for the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The continental beach volleyball championships in
Jinjiang will act as an important platform for all these players.”
Xue Chen, who clinched a third place finish
at the Fuzhou Open, was satisfied with the playing environment in Jinjiang and
expressed her confidence in the competition.
“The venue facilities for the Championship
are very good, even at par with the standards of the FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour,” Xue said. “It is nice to be competing at home and I am confident
that we will be able to achieve the best results.”
The city of Jinjiang is tagged as China’s
Sports City which has the most sports employees, sports brands, sports
marketing investment, sports sponsors and a list of sports companies. It is
also the first county-level entity to have a team at the Chinese Basketball