香港男子成年排球代表隊昨晚 (4日) 啟程前往泰國佛統參加亞洲盃男子排球賽，本次比賽為男子隊繼去年9月出戰亞錦賽後，再次參與國際比賽。港隊自疫情緩和及訓練場地重開後，已恢復恆常訓練，加上香港排球總會本年度邀請到專業體能訓練團隊及中大運動醫學團隊協助港隊訓練，球員狀態已在今次比賽前有所提升。
本次賽事共11支隊伍參賽，包括香港、韓國、伊朗、巴基斯坦、日本、澳洲、印度、中華台北、中國、巴林以及東道主泰國。賽事將分成四組以單循環作賽，A、C 組前兩名晉級至 E 組，B、D 組前兩名則為 F組，在保留初賽成績下再於複賽小組打單循環，E、F組頭兩名將晉級四強，由複賽小組首名對次名爭奪決賽席位。亞洲盃首場賽事於8月7日 (日)展開。
8月7日 (日) 16:00 對 泰國
8月8日 (一) 13:00 對 韓國
Hong Kong Senior Men’s Volleyball Team
Are All Set for the AVC Cup for Men
Hong Kong Senior Men’s Volleyball Team left for Thailand last night (4 August) to participate in the AVC Cup for Men. The team again participated in the international competition after participating in the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship last September. The Hong Kong Team has resumed regular training after the previous pandemic wave, and the sports facilities are reopening. Meanwhile, VBAHK also invited the fitness coach team and the CUHK Sports Medicine Team to assist the Hong Kong Team in training this year. Overall, players' condition has improved for this competition.
Captain SIU Cheong Hung did not participate in the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship with his team in Japan last year, so he is looking forward to this competition. He mentioned, "when there was no pandemic in the past, we had at least 1 or 2 international competitions every year; but in recent years, we seldom had competitions both locally and internationally. This time, I feel like I have just joined the Senior Men’s team again.” He also said the preparation of the team was ideal, “The team has had three to four training sessions a week before this competition, along with fitness training twice a week, and some of the teammates spared their own time for extra training. We have more chances to practice compared to previous competitions.”
He said they are well prepared for the competition with support from the coaching team, the fitness coach team, and the CUHK Sports Medicine Team. He also appreciated VBAHK for the various arrangements and materials support. Hong Kong Team will face the host Thailand in the first match of the preliminary round. SIU said that the Hong Kong team was able to win a set against Thailand in the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship last year, and they hope to win two more sets and even bring some impact to Korea. The team aims to win in the preliminary round and get the best possible results.
Head Coach Dragan MIHAILOVIC said they are trying to let more young players participate in this competition to gain international experience and prepare for the Asian Games next year. The head coach added, “In addition to this competition, there will be one to two international competitions before the Asian Games. These competitions will allow the young players to work with other experienced players to bring some impact to the team, and allow the young players to gain experience, which hopes to impress the fans next year.” The coaching team also mentioned the team will have immediate medical support in this competition so the players can be more focused on the game.”
Eleven teams will participate in the AVC Cup for Men, including the host Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Japan, Australia, India, Chinese Taipei, China and Bahrain. Starting on 7 August (Sunday), the teams will be divided into four pools and play in a round-robin format. The top two teams from Pool A and C will advance to Pool E, and the top two from Pool B and D advance to Pool F. With the results of the preliminary round retained, Pool E and F will continue to compete in the round-robin. The top team will play against the second team in Pool E, and F will contest for the Final spots.
Pool A: Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong Pool B: Iran, Pakistan
Pool C: Japan, Australia, India Pool D: Chinese Taipei, China, Bahrain
Match Schedule (Hong Kong Time):
7 August (Sunday) 16:00 vs Thailand
8 August (Monday) 13:00 vs Korea
Quarterfinals, Finals and the Ranking Matches will be hold in 11 – 14 August.
*Please refer to the below attachment for the entire match schedule. All schedules should be relied on the announcement by the Organizer.
Hong Kong Team Roster:
Team Manager: NG Kam Chi Kanji
Head Coach: Dragan MIHAILOVIC
Assistant Coach: YAU Hok Chun, LIU Wan Yeung Adrian
Therapist: AU Kit Yi Kitty
Athletic Trainer: CHAN Ching Wai
Referee: HUNG Chi Yung
Team Official: LO Yu Cheung
LEUNG Ho Yin
LAM Cheuk Hin
SO Chun Hin
CHOW Pak Fai
SIO Ka Yiu
CHING Hon Lam
SIU Cheong Hung (Captain)
LAM Ho Wong
CHIU Edmond Ka Tsun
POON Chi Leung
LAM Yin Chun
TAM Chun Ho Damian
CHEUNG Ngai Yiu
WONG Hei Chun
Hong Kong Senior Men’s Volleyball Team arrived in Thailand last night to participate in the AVC Cup for Men.
There are more young players in the Hong Kong Team for this competition.
Hong Kong, Thailand, and Korea will be in Pool A. The competition will start on 7 August.