Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 12, 2015 – Sixteen teams will strut their stuff in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship from August 13 to 21 in Taipei, vying for the top honour and a berth to the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship in Brazil.
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 comprises Qatar’s Al Arabi Sport Club, Iraq’s South Gas Club, Nakhonratchasima from Thailand and Australia’s Victorian Volleyball Academy, with China’s BAIC Motor, Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC, Vietnam’s Trang An Ninh Binh and Oman’s Sohar in Pool D.
The pool round-robin preliminaries will simultaneously be held from August 13 to 15 at two gymnasiums, with Pool A and Pool B taking place at University of Taipei Hall and Pool C and Pool D at Taipei Gym.
After the pool plays, only top two teams from each pool advance to Pool E and Pool F in the quarter-finals, with teams finishing third and fourth from each pool relegated to 9th-16th classification. The eventual winners of this top-flight tournament will represent Asia to contest the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship at Belo Horizonte in Brazil from October 17 to November 1.
On Thursday, the first match is due to take place at 11am local time at both gyms. At the University of Taipei Hall, Panasonic will take on NDS, followed by the encounter between Qadsia Sporting Club and Paykan and Cignal against Korea Armed Forces. The opening ceremony is due to be held at 5pm, with hosts Taichung Bank Club and Migrasiya setting up the curtain-raisers.
At the Taipei Gym, the opening match at 11am 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 gold, followed by Korea with two gold medals. Kazakhstan, Qatar and China shared one gold apiece.
Iran’s Matin Varamin reigned supreme at the previous edition in Pasay, the Philippines last year following the dramatic 3-1 win over Qatar’s Al-Rayyan. China’s BAIC Motor came in third place after outclassing Kazakhstan’s Kondensat-Zhaikmunay Club in straight sets in the playoff.
This time, Paykan, which have handed Iran their seven Asian Men’s Club titles, remain the strongest team with the likes of seven players including Zarini Hamzeh and Fayazi Damnabi Purya who joined the second-placed Iran in the recent Asian meet on home soil.
However, hosts Taichung Bank Club can also be a threat as they will field the similar national Chinese Taipei team which took the sixth place at the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship in Tehran, Iran.
The General Technical Meeting was held on Wednesday to review the final preparation of the local organisers. All participating teams have arrived in Taipei, while the inspection to the venues and the hotels have already been made by the Control Committee. Everything is on the right track and set for the opening clash on Thursday.