Bangkok, Thailand, March 4, 2023 – Although participating club teams have yet been confirmed as some national volleyball leagues are still under way, the drawing of lots conducted by AVC on Saturday has already set off countdown to 2023 Asian Club Championships and revealed participating nations in the two topflight continental championships.
Regarding the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, which will be held in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam between April 25 and May 2, club teams from the confirmed 9 nations will strut their stuff to vie for the eventual title and a spot in the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship to be organised later this year.
According to results of the Saturday’s drawing of lots, club teams from hosts Vietnam have been drawn in Pool A with Iran, Japan and Chinese Taipei, while Pool B consists of club teams from Kazakhstan, China, Thailand, Mongolia and Hong Kong China.
In the previous edition last year in Kazakhstan, Kuanysh narrowly edged past Altay VC 3-2 in the all-Kazakhs final showdown. Thailand’s Diamond Food-Fine Chef Sport Club had to be content with bronze medal, with Iran’s Barij Essence in fourth place overall. Japan, China and Chinese Taipei did not field their club teams in the last year’s event due to grave concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and strict preventive measures in their countries.
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As stated in the match schedule of the preliminary round, this year, club teams from hosts Vietnam and Iran will kick off their campaigns as the curtain-raiser on April 25, followed by the clash between club teams from Mongolia and China. The day’s last match sees club teams from Kazakhstan, the winning nation in the previous edition, take on Thailand, which are likely to field Diamond Food-Fine Chef Sport Club, former consecutive two-time Thailand League champions.
On April 26, club teams from Chinese Taipei will challenge Japan, with teams from Thailand playing Hong Kong, China and teams from Mongolia challenging Kazakhstan.
All participating teams will have to play their pool round-robin preliminaries between April 25 and 29, while the semifinals and finals are due to take place on May 1 and 2 respectively.
Since the tournament inception in 1999 in Thailand, the Asian Women’s Club Championship sees club teams from China take the lion’s share of 8 gold medals, followed by Thailand with 6, Kazakhstan (4), Japan (3) and Korea (1).
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