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Two volleyball legends tie the knot

 
Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai and Feng Kun pose with guests at their wedding celebration at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday night.
 
Bangkok, Thailand, December 6, 2014 - A large number of volleyball families thronged into the Thai Army Club on Viphavadi Rangsit Road in Thai capital city Bangkok on Saturday night to attend the wedding of two volleyball legends - former setter and captain of the China women’s national team Feng Kun and Thailand national women’s team head coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai.

A 48-year-old Kiattipong, better known in Thailand as Coach Aod, married his Chinese girlfriend of four years on December 2 at the Cluster of Thai House, Phranakorn Rajabhat University in Bangkok. Two days later, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand granted an audience to Kiattipong and Feng Kun at the Chitlada Palace. The Princess graciously presented the consecrated water to the couple. Their wedding celebration took place on Saturday at the Thai Army Club, with Thailand Volleyball Association’s President Somporn Chaibangyang presiding. TVA Board members, former and current Thailand national volleyball players, sponsors, media, fan clubs and volleyball families witnessed memorable moments.

Beijing-based Feng Kun, who will turn 36 on December 28,  was the China women’s national volleyball team setter and captain. She was awarded MVP and Best Setter at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where China captured the gold medal. She was also instrumental in China's victories in major competitions, including the 2001 FIVB World Grand Champions’ Cup, 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix, the 2003 World Cup and the 2004 Athens Games. She also took the Best Setter award in several tournaments including the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, the FIVB World Grand Prix and the FIVB World Grand Champions’ Cup, all in 2005.

After the end of the 2010-2011 season of the Chinese Volleyball League, playing for Guangdong Evergrande V.C, Feng Kun announced her retirement from professional volleyball in August 2011.

Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai was a member of Thailand men’s national volleyball team which won the gold medal in the South East Asian Games on home soil in Chiang Mai in 1995. Following his retirement from playing, Kiattipong became a staff coach with Thailand’s national volleyball team. He learned how to coach volleyball from a Chinese coach, before becoming a head coach of the Thailand women’s national team. Kiattipong was the man behind the great successes of the Thailand women’s volleyball team. Under his coaching guidance, the Thai squad were crowned Asian champions in 2009 in Hanoi, Vietnam and 2013 in his hometown Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. They also clinched the 2012 AVC Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan and a well-earned fourth place at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The newly-weds revealed they will try to have children as soon as possible.

Kiattipong will continue working with the TVA as the head coach of the Thailand women’s volleyball team, while Feng Kun said she is happy to stay with him in Thailand, adding that she needs to learn how to speak Thai first, in order to talk to Kiattipong’s parents and cousins.




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