Bangkok Post

Thai men setting sights on quarter-finals

- KITTIPONG THONGSOMBA­T

Thailand hope to reach the quarter-finals at the 17th Asian Men’s Volleyball Championsh­ip in the UAE next week.

The biennial tournament is scheduled from Sept 28-Oct 8 and Thai fans should not expect the men’s team to emulate the success of their female compatriot­s.

‘‘Just to qualify for the quarter-finals will be a great result for us,’’ said Shanrit Wongpraser­t, an official at the Volleyball Associatio­n of Thailand.

The women’s team claimed their second Asian title in Nakhon Ratchasima last week when they stunned world No.3 Japan in the final.

Shanrit, who is also a member of the FIVB Board of Administra­tion, said that the associatio­n had the same structure in running the men’s team. But he insisted Thailand’s men were at a physical disadvanta­ge against taller opponents.

‘‘Standing at less than 190cm, our men’s players are not tall enough to compete with foreigners who all are more than 200cm tall,’’ he said.

‘‘But for the women’s team, it is not such a big gap.’’

 ??  ?? Thai players, who won the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championsh­ip on Saturday, appear in a programme on Channel 7 yesterday.
Thai players, who won the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championsh­ip on Saturday, appear in a programme on Channel 7 yesterday.

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