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Asian Men’s Club Championship begins in Taipei

 
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 13, 2015 - Sixteen teams will compete at the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship from August 13-21 in Taipei.

Hosts Taichung Bank Club, Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya, Panasonic from Japan and Afghanistan’s NDS are in Pool A, while Iran’s Paykan, Cignal from the Philippines, Korea Armed Forces, Kuwait’s Qadsia Sporting Club are in Pool B. Pool C includes Qatar’s Al Arabi Sport Club, Iraq’s South Gas Club, Nakhonratchasima from Thailand and Australia’s Victorian Volleyball Academy, while China’s BAIC Motor, Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC, Vietnam’s Trang An Ninh Binh and Oman’s Sohar are in Pool D.

The pool round-robin preliminaries will be held from August 13-15 at two gymnasiums, with Pool A and Pool B taking place at University of Taipei Hall and Pools C and D at Taipei Gym.

The top two teams from each pool will advance to Pools E and F in the quarterfinals, with teams finishing third and fourth from each pool relegated to the 9th-16th classification round. The eventual winners of this top-flight tournament will represent Asia to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship at Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

On Thursday, the first matches are due to take place at 11.00 local time at both gyms. At the University of Taipei Hall, Panasonic will take on NDS, followed by encounters between Qadsia Sporting Club and Paykan and Cignal against Korea Armed Forces. The opening ceremony is due to be held at 17.00.

At the Taipei Gym, the opening match at 11.00 sees South Gas Club face Al Alrabi Sport Club, while Trang An Ninh Binh challenge Pavlodar VC and BAIC Motor take on Sohar. The last match of the day sees Thailand’s Nakhonratchasima test their mettle against Victorian Volleyball Academy.

Since the annual tournament’s inception in 1999, Iran have captured the most titles with 10 golds, followed by Korea with two victories. Kazakhstan, Qatar and China have one gold apiece.

Iran’s Matin Varamin were the winners of the last edition in Pasay, the Philippines last year following a 3-1 win over Qatar’s Al-Rayyan. China’s BAIC Motor finished third after outclassing Kazakhstan’s Kondensat-Zhaikmunay Club in the playoff.

The General Technical Meeting took place on Wednesday to review final preparations for the tournament.

Click here to visit the competition website.

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