The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) has formally awarded the Philippines hosting rights for the 21st Asian Senior Women’s Championships, which will take place from August 29 to September 5 in Clark, Pampanga and Subic.

/ 16 May 2021

With the green light given to the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF), it will be the country’s third time hosting the event.

“The Philippines, which hosted the Asian Senior Women’s Championship twice in 1997 and 2017, received the AVC’s green light to organize the top-tier championship for the third time later this year,” AVC wrote in a statement. 

“Earlier, the 21st edition had been set to take place in Jiangmen, China, but for some reasons the country pulled out as hosts.”

In a virtual conference on Wednesday, PNVF president Tats Suzara said that 14 to 16 teams are expected to participate in the championships.

With Phillippines hosting the games, it automatically secures a spot in the tournament. 

11 teams have already qualified which included 2019 champion Japan and runner-up Thailand, South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Indonesia, Australia, India, and Hong Kong.

The remaining spots will be given to the next highest-ranked nation which is based on the rankings from the previous championships.

AUF Sports and Cultural Center in Clark Freeport and Economic Zone in Pampanga will be the main venue for the games under a bubble format with Quest Hotel serving as the accommodation for the teams.

Meanwhile, Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga and the Subic Bay Gym will serve as the secondary stadium.

AVC said that Japan will be hosting the Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Chiba from September 12 and 19, while the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Semi-Finals slated for June 18 and 19 will be held in Thailand.

PNVF is targeting to start the bubble training of both men’s and women’s pool in June 1 in Subic.