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Bangkok, Thailand, April 21, 2023 – China’s Liaoning Donghua and Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs will be out to prove their wares in the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship after a three-year absence of teams from both nations due to the impact of the COVID-19, as Mongolia will make their debut at the continent’s topflight club championship.
The 2023 edition will be held at Vinh Phuc Gymnasium in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam from April 25 to May 2, with a total of 9 teams fighting it out for top honor and the lone berth on offer to represent Asia in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, due to take place in China later this year.
Among the participating teams this year, China and Japan get back on track to this fun-filled, action-packed championship their teams have dominated for several times. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while in 2021, both China and Japan did not send their teams to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, where the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Championship was organized with a secure bubble concept to ensure the health of all athletes and officials.
In 2022, the Championship took place in Semey, Kazakhstan, Japan was represented by Hisamitsu Springs, but days ahead of the commencement had to pull out of the Championship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while China could not participate due to the tightened epidemic preventive measures in several Chinese cities.
This time, China will be sending Liaoning Donghua Volleyball Club to the 2023 Championship in Vietnam, looking to stretch their domination in this continent’s annual tournament. China had already captured 8 titles including 5 from Tianjin Bohai Bank, 2 from Shanghai Bright Ubest and one from Guangdong Evergrande.
Liaoning Donghua clinched the Chinese Volleyball Super League in the 2005/06 season aside from picking up 2 silver (2001/02 and 2006/07) and 3 bronze medals (2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04), but finished 7th at Chinese Volleyball League in the current 2022/23 season.
Hisamitsu Springs, champions at the Japan’s 2021/22 V. League Division 1 and the Empress’ Cup All Japan Championship, had already captured the Asian Women’s Club Championship twice in Thailand in 2002 and 2014 and took additional 3 silver medals in 2001 in Vietnam, 2015 in Vietnam and 2017 in Kazakhstan….
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