FIVB visits VNL venues in Manila

A view of the Arantea Coliseum from above.  Search file photo

A view from the top of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the venue of the FIVB VNF Tournament. Search file photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) for men and women visited the country’s hosting venues and facilities at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Smart Araneta Coliseum in June.

FIVB event manager Thanathorn “Tom” Suwannamai arrived on Monday and inspected the stands at the Big Dome on Tuesday, June 14-19, 2 weeks before the VNL Women’s Preliminary Week 2 and June 21, 2 weeks before the men’s pool match. From 26.

Secretary General of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Don Carringle and members of the local organizing committee

FIVB officials also inspected the training venues in the city of Pasig, San Juan Arena and Meralco Gym.

‚ÄúThis is perfect. That’s good. This is one of the best, “said Thanathorn.” I’ve heard good things about Philippine volleyball fans and I’m very excited.

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Event Manager Thanathorn "Tom" Suvannamai (third from left) with members of the local organizing committee (right, in black polo shirts) led by Secretary General of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Don Carringal and Mike Verano (left) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.  PNVF photo

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) event manager Thanathorn “Tom” Suwannamai (third from left), Secretary General of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Don Carringal (right, in a black polo shirt) and the venue head and members of the national men’s committee met on Tuesday. Coliseum team manager Mike Verano (left). PNVF photo

Thanathorn witnessed the signing of the agreement between PNVF and VNL host broadcaster Signal TV at Crown Plaza in Queens City.

He also met with beach volleyball teams from the Philippines, who had just graduated from Brisbane training camp for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, at a dinner in Bonifacio Global City.

The event manager will watch Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Final between Crimline and PetroGaz at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday evening and before returning to FIVB headquarters in Lausanne on Thursday.

VNL ticket sales will start from April 17. The three-time VNL and Tokyo Olympic gold medal winning U.S. banner includes the women’s pool which includes current Asian champions Japan, 11-straight SEA Games champions Thailand, China, Poland and Canada, while the men’s team won the Tokyo Olympic gold medal in France, Japan, Slovenia, , Germany and the Netherlands.

Russia was originally part of the VNL in both sexes but was approved due to the Ukraine crisis.

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