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10th Asian Boys' U18 Volleyball Championship begins in Sri Lanka

Mr Derakhshandeh, President of the Control Committee, briefing the General Technical Meeting
Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 5, 2014 - The scene is set for Colombo to host the 10th Asian Boys' U18 Volleyball Championship from September 5-13, with 15 teams competing for honours and four tickets to compete in next year’s FIVB Volleyball U19 World Championships.

The 15 teams are divided into four pools with a single round robin system in the preliminary round which will take place over four days. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, while the lower-ranked sides will be relegated to contest the 9th-15th place classification round.

Pool A consists of the hosts Sri Lanka, Australia, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. Top seeds and defending champions Iran, India, Qatar and Bahrain are in Pool B. Pool C includes China, Chinese Taipei, the Maldives and Hong Kong, China. Only 3 teams - Japan, Korea and Turkmenistan - are in Pool D.

The Opening Ceremony will start at 9.00 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo, which is the only competition venue. The first match will kick off at 11.00 on September 5, with hosts Sri Lanka playing Saudi Arabia.

To make sure the championship is well-prepared ahead of the kickoff on Friday, the joint meeting between the local organisers and the Control Committee took place on Wednesday morning at the Full Moon Garden Hotel. In the meeting, Control Committee Chairman Mr Gh. Derakhshandeh, who spoke on behalf 
of AVC President Dr. Bin Nasser and all the Control Committee Members, expressed his sincere gratitude for the hard work put in by the Organising Committee.

“In the past five years, Sri Lanka has organised two AVC tournaments, including the 7th Asian Youth Boys' Volleyball Championship in Colombo. I believe the tournament will be well organised and a great success,” said Mr Derakhshandeh.

The joint meeting finalised the schedule of activities and was followed by an initial venue inspection, conducted by the control committee members.

It is the second time Sri Lanka host the Asian Boys' Volleyball Championship -  last time was in 2009. The Sri Lanka team, as hosts of the competition, are hoping to make a breakthrough at this championship.

The Asian Boys' U18 Volleyball Championship, which used to be called the Asian Youth Boys' Volleyball Championship, is held every two years. The top four this year will qualify directly for the FIVB U19 World Championship in 2015. Iran are the reigning champions. China have won two silver medals and Japan a silver and a bronze in the last 5 years.

Pool round-robin preliminaries - Match schedule (Local times)

September 5 - Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo

09:00 Opening Ceremony

11:00 Sri Lanka - Saudi Arabia

13:00 Australia - Kazakhstan

15:00 Chinese Taipei - Hong Kong, China

17:00 Maldives - China

19:00 Turkmenistan - Korea

September 6 - Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo

10:00 Chinese Taipei - Maldives

12:00 Qatar - Iran

14:00 Bahrain - India

16:00 Hong Kong, China - China

18:00 Sri Lanka - Australia

20:00 Japan -Turkmenistan

September 7 - Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo

10:00 Saudi Arabia - Kazakhstan

12:00 Iran - India

14:00 Qatar - Bahrain

16:00 China - Chinese Taipei

18:00 Korea - Japan

September 8 - Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo

10:00 Australia - Saudi Arabia

12:00 Bahrain - Iran

14:00 India - Qatar

16:00 Kazakhstan - Sri Lanka

18:00 Maldives - Hong Kong, China


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