Singapore claimed women’s title after hard-fought five-set win against hosts Maldives in final
Bangkok, Thailand, February 27, 2023 – In-form Malaysia pulled off sensational win against Singapore in the men’s final showdown to capture the eventual title of the 2023 Four Nations Cup Volleyball Tournament at Maldives Social Centre Indoor Hall in Male City on Monday.
The tournament was held between February 23 and 27, with four nations strutting their stuff to vie for top honour in the men’s and women’s divisions. However, as four men’s teams – Afghanistan, Singapore, Malaysia and hosts Maldives had been featured in the five-day competition, only three teams from Singapore, Malaysia and hosts Maldives took part in the women’s event.
Champions’ Shield presented to captains of Singapore and Malaysia prior to the final match
On Thursday, February 23, Maldives’ Vice President Mr Faisal Naseem presided over the opening ceremony of the Four Nations Cup 2023, the first invitation-only volleyball tournament initiated by Minister of Sports, Youth and Community Empowerment Mr Ahmed Mahloof and Mr Mohamed Raneysh, President of Volleyball Association of Maldives, and also the first international sporting event hosted in the Maldives this year.
Furthermore, the tournament also became the first international volleyball tournament hosted in the Maldives over the past 14 years. The last tournament was held in 2009.
The single round-robin preliminaries kicked off on Thursday. At the end of the preliminaries, teams were ranked 1-4 respectively according to their performances. After that, the Sunday’s semifinal encounters saw the best-ranked team take on the team finishing fourth place, with teams finishing second and third places fighting it out. The two winning teams from the semifinals made it to the Monday’s final.
However, regarding the women’s event, teams played single round-robin competition in the first three days. After that, they were ranked respectively according to their performances. The best-ranked team automatically advanced to the Monday’s final, while the teams finishing second and third battled it out on Sunday to fight for the remaining slot in the final.
The single round-robin competitions for both men’s and women’s events came to a close on Saturday, February 25.
In the men’s event, Afghanistan topped the overall standing with 9 points from three straight wins, followed respectively by Malaysia with 6 points from 2…
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