Author Topic: Host spikers get tough draw for Asian Championship  (Read 5412 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline thaiga

Re: Asian Women's Volleyball ♦ Asian champions plan to develop two teams
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2013, 04:52:53 PM »
Thailand aiming to build on success

Asian champions plan to develop two teams

Following their triumph at the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship, Thailand will prepare two national sides to play in several tournaments, officials confirmed on Monday.

Thailand receive financial support from Thai Beverage Marketing after winning the Asian title in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday.

Thailand beat Japan 3-0 in the Asian Championship final in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday to win their second continental title.

Thailand will play at the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November as Asian champions. They will then take part in the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

They will have a busy schedule next year, as they are eligible to play at the World Championship, World Grand Prix, Asian Games and AVC Cup (Asian Cup).

"We need two teams with about 30 players because we will have to play in several tournaments," said Charnrit Wongprasert, a senior official at the Volleyball Association of Thailand (VAT).

"We should draft in more young players. Some of them are good but have not yet been given chances to play for the national team."

As for the World Grand Champions Cup, Charnrit said all first-team players will be in the squad and some young players will be in the team to gain experience.

As for the SEA Games, Charnrit said the VAT will use the first team because the second-string side may not be good enough to beat Vietnam.

He called on the government to give the association more support.

"We have been successful mainly because of support from the private sector. But we still need more support from the government," Charnrit said.

"We may get financial support after our success but what we need is support for long-term development."

Following their success in Nakhon Ratchasima, the team received nearly seven million baht in financial rewards from its sponsors, including Thai Beverage Marketing (one million baht) and AIS (1.5 million baht).

Thailand head coach Kiattipong Radchatakriengkrai said the VAT has the plans and human resources to create a strong second national team.

"But we need time and money," said Kiattipong, who also guided Thailand to their first ever Asian title in 2009.

Meanwhile, the players will give HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn their Asian Championship gold medals, according to VAT president Somporn Chaibangyang.

The team will meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Host spikers get tough draw for Asian Championship
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2013, 08:42:22 PM »
No idea, but will check it out tomorrow :)

So they cleaned it up eh?  Wonder if it got dirtied again after the concert.

Offline Roger

Re: Host spikers get tough draw for Asian Championship
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2013, 06:52:02 AM »
BF. Yes ALL the rubbish cleared up. The football on Sunday night must have been amazing with Korat winning 3-2 and a stadium packed to capacity. The Swatcats remain in 5th place in the Yamaha League I. (Unfortunately I had to miss it). The traffic leaving was not too bad apparently due to folks leaving at different stages.
That attendance may have been the biggest in Club Thai football this season - including the TPL.
The new building I asked about looks like one of those beautiful civic offices but I don't know. Looks finished now.

Offline thaiga

Re: Thailand gripped by volleyball fever
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2013, 12:20:49 PM »
Success of newly crowned Asian champions helps sport reach new heights of popularity

It is rare for Thais to flock to buy tickets for a sport competition but they did during the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima two weeks ago.

Thai players join a party in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday night.

Fans formed a kilometres long queue on a rainy Saturday morning to get tickets for the final between Thailand and Japan.

Some reportedly stayed overnight at the ticket booths hours before they opened at 9am.

Tickets were priced at 100 and 200 baht and scalpers enjoyed brisk business as they could easily re-sell a ticket for up to 2,000 baht.

The Thai team did not disappoint the partisan crowd as they beat Japan 3-0 to win their second Asian title after their 2009 success.

They also stunned China 3-2 in the semi-finals and defeated Japan in a relatively meaningless match earlier in the tournament.

It was a huge achievement for the Thais who began the Nakhon Ratchasima tournament with a shocking defeat against Kazakhstan.

"Some people said we were too old after we lost the first match," said Thailand captain Wilavan Apinyapong after the final.

"We proved them wrong. We are strong enough to win more titles."

Wilavan, 29, was a key player in the successful campaign and deservedly named the best player of the tournament.

She said the team's success over the years was a result of the players and officials' hard work and unity.

"We are united and all are fighters who work hard," Wilavan said.

The gifted player, who is nicknamed Gift, thanked the fans for their massive support.

"We were exhausted after the semi-final against China," she said.

"We talked to each other that if our bodies were not strong enough, we would fight with our hearts. At least we had huge support from our fans and we had to pay them back."

Pleumjit Thinkaow, one of Thailand's most popular players, said she was glad to make her compatriots happy.

"We were in a difficult situation after the Kazakhstan loss but we finally did it for the fans," she said. "We have to thank the fans for their presence at the stadium and watching us on TV. You always give us support at the stadium or at home."

Nootsara Tomkom, who won the best setter award at the Nakhon Ratchasima tournament, said the success boosted the team's confidence.

"From now, we will have no fear when we play the likes of Japan, China and South Korea," she said.

Coach Kiattipong Radchatakriengkrai said the key to the success was the players often played according to the gameplan.

"They did according to our instructions and gameplan," the coach said.

"We told them to serve to a certain opponent who we thought was a weak receiver and they did just that."

The Volleyball Association of Thailand (VAT) is trying to create a second national team as they will have to compete in several tournaments later this year and next year.

They will take part in the World Grand Champions Cup in November and SEA Games in December. As for next year, they are eligible for the World Championship, World Grand Prix and Asian Games, among other events.

Some critics are worried that Thailand could soon fade as a large number of their key players are in their late 20s or early 30s.

Wilavan is 29, Pleumjit 30, Wanna Buakaew 31 and Nootsara 28, among others.

But Kiattipong has already had some young players to replace them. Among them are Thatdao Nuekjang (18), Tapaphaipun Chaisri (23), Ajcharaporn Kongyot (18) and Pornpun Guedpard (19).

They all played in the Nakhon Ratchasima tournament with Thatdao and Tapaphaipun outstanding.

"I am confident that they can replace the older players in the next three or four years," said Kiattipong.

The VAT's ultimate target is pushing the national team to win the country's first ever Olympic berth in the sport.

They came so close to getting a ticket to the 2012 Olympics but what many Thais still believe was a 'farcical' match in a qualifying tournament deprived them of their first Olympic appearance.

"We will try again for the 2016 Olympics. That is our aim," said VAT president Somporn Chaibangyang.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline thaiga

Re: Thailand not ready to host worlds yet, says volleyball chief
« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2013, 01:16:39 PM »
Thai volleyball reached another notable milestone by hosting last month's Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, where Thailand emerged winners for the second time.

The Nation's Preechachan Wiriyanupappong spoke to Wei Jizhong, honorary life president of the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) and AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) at Chatchai Hall, the venue of the 17th Asian meet.

Wei Jizhong, honorary life president of the FIVB and AVC, talks to The Nation about the development of Asian volleyball

What do you think about the Asian Senior Women's Championship in Thailand?

It was a great success in terms of the record number (16) of teams that took part. The TV coverage and the number of spectators at Chatchai Hall were amazing. The venue was full to its capacity every day. But the story is not complete without the Thai team. There is no doubt that Thailand have made a big improvement. They beat Japan and defending champions China to become the new Asian winners. I learned from the teams that they were very happy about the conditions. There is a general satisfaction all round.

You chaired the Control Committee in charge of the tournament. Were there any problems?

You take any tournament and you will find a problem. However, if that problem can be overcome, that means no problem. I'm always optimistic. Thailand really made the tournament a memorable one and a success.

Do you think the referees performed well?

The tournament had uniformly good referees since it is a high-level championship. Every participating team brought their own referees. At the same time, we [the AVC] appointed some highly experienced referees for the tournament. It's very difficult to say whether every referee from each participating team was of similar standard. I think there is scope for improvement. We have to get all referees to a similar standard no matter where they come from.

What did you think about Thailand's victory?

Thailand played exceptionally well. This is not the first time they have beaten China. They beat them in the 2009 final and repeated that feat in the 2012 AVC Cup final. This is the third time that they have conquered China. Thailand were quick in their attacks. The Chinese players were tall but very slow. But I never thought Thailand were certain to win the match - I gave them a 50-50 chance. However, they proved me wrong and they fully deserve the victory.

What do you think about the standard of Asian teams?

I think China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Kazakhstan are world class, but we have to work hard to raise the Asian men's sides to the world level.

After the great success of the Asian Championship, do you think Thailand is ready to host either the World Championship for Seniors or the World Grand Prix Finals?

I would like to praise the Thailand Volleyball Association for accepting all requests from the FIVB and AVC to host volleyball tournaments. However, the World Championship is different. The demands from sponsors and the TV coverage are high. It is also expensive to host such a tournament. In my opinion, Thailand can host a successful world junior or youth championship, but they have to think twice if they want to host the World Championship for Seniors.

I know they can be good hosts, but intention alone is not enough. They have to learn about their financial support. A large sum of at least US$50 million is required for a country to host the World Championship for Seniors or the World Grand Prix Finals. A rich country with a big economy can host this world meet. Japan, for example, can fulfil the target of hosting a world championship. They set up an effective long-term project on ticket sales, while sponsors there are ready to throw in their full support to stage a tournament of such scale. The TV coverage in Japan is also excellent and spectators fill the venues to capacity.

As a volleyball fan from China, it must have been tough to watch last month's final…

I'm very pleased with the way Thailand hosted the meet. They were very successful on and off the court. This was a perfect championship. Thailand captured the Asian title for the second time in their history. I don't mind the stunning loss my team China suffered. Winning and losing is part of the game. What is important is volleyball.

the nation
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.