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Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship draw held in Myanmar

Iran were fifth at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship Brazil 2013
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, February 18, 2015 - Hosts Myanmar will take on the Maldives in the opening match of the first Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship following a draw held in Myanmar on Monday. The nine-day championship will qualify two teams for the second FIVB Volleyball Men’s U23 World Championship, which will take place in Dubai, the United Arabs Emirates from August 24-31.

Nineteen teams have confirmed their participation in the inaugural competition due to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from May 12-20. They include Australia, Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam.

The results of the Asian Men’s Junior Volleyball Championship in Bahrain last year were taken into consideration for the seedings, which saw hosts Myanmar drawn in Pool A, Asian Men’s Junior champions Iran drawn in Pool B, runners-up China drawn in Pool C and third-placed Korea in Pool D.

AVC Sports Events Council chairman Shanrit Wongprasert conducted the drawing of lots ceremony at Horizon Lake View Resort Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, with the support of Myanmar Minister of Sports Mr Tint San.

Drawn alongside Myanmar in Pool A were Thailand, who finished eighth at the Asian Men’s Junior Championship, Afghanistan, Maldives and Saudi Arabia. Pool B consists of Iran, Qatar, the Philippines, Malaysia and India. Pool C includes China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Turkmenistan and Australia, with Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Kazakhstan in Pool D.

The pool round-robin preliminaries will be held from May 12 to 16. The opening matches see hosts Myanmar take on Maldives, Thailand challenge Saudi Arabia, Qatar meet Malaysia, the Philippines play India, China face Turkmenistan, Vietnam battle with Chinese Taipei and Korea test their mettle with Kazakhstan.

After the conclusion of the preliminaries on May 16, a draw will be conducted with the top two teams in each pool. Teams which have already played each other will not drawn against each other. The same procedure will be applied to the teams finishing third and fourth in each pool.

The results of the first Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship draw are as follows:
Pool A: Myanmar (organisers), Thailand, Afghanistan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia
Pool B: Iran, Qatar, Philippines, Malaysia, India
Pool C: China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Australia
Pool D: Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan

Match schedule for preliminary round:
May 12

Myanmar v Maldives
Thailand v Saudi Arabia
Qatar v Malaysia
Philippines v India
China v Turkmenistan
Vietnam v Chinese Taipei
Korea v Kazakhstan

May 13
Afghanistan v  Saudi Arabia
Myanmar v Thailand
Iran v India
Qatar v Philippines
Australia v Chinese Taipei
China v Vietnam
Japan v Indonesia

May 14
Maldives v Thailand
Afghanistan v Myanmar
Malaysia v Philippines
Iran v Qatar
Turkmenistan v Vietnam
Australia v China
Kazakhstan v Japan
Korea v Indonesia

May 15
Saudi Arabia v Myanmar
Maldives v Afghanistan
India v Qatar
Malaysia v Iran
Chinese Taipei v China
Turkmenistan v Australia
Indonesia v Kazakhstan

May 16
Thailand v Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia v Maldives
Philippines v Iran
India v Malaysia
Vietnam v Australia
Chinese Taipei v Turkmenistan
Japan v Korea


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