The US$50,000 Pattaya Thailand Challenger, which is part of the FIVB beach volleyball professional women’s tour, is set to be a clash on the sand between the Asian and European teams whose entries dominate the draw. This is the first time in a decade that international beach volleyball has returned to Pattaya with the tournament being staged from 5 – 9 November off Pattaya Beach Road adjacent to the Tropicana Hotel.
The 24 team main draw includes 3 teams from Germany and Thailand, 2 teams from Kazakhstan and one team each from Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, USA and Vanuatu. A further 4 teams will join the main draw from the qualifying rounds. Thailand is represented by 4 teams in total in the tournament with Radarong and Udomchavee, Numwong and Hongpak and Tangkaeo and Chantira in the main draw and Srinuch and Pronsuda in the qualifying.
Volleyball players, tournament organizers and Pattaya City officials pose for a photo at an Oct. 28 press conference to promote the upcoming Pattaya Thailand Challenger FIVB beach volleyball event.
The tournament is being held over 5 days, with the qualifying rounds taking place on 5 November, main draw pool play on 6 November and the knockout stages starting with the round of 16 from 7 – 9 November.
Matches will be played on two courts only, a centre court seating 2,000 spectators will host most of the matches, except some qualifying and pool play matches which will be staged on a second court. A third court is available for practice at all times.
Admission to the tournament is free and a sponsor zone on-site includes a beer garden, and sponsor booths with activities and games to enhance the spectator experience for beach volleyball fans.
For fans who are unable to make the trip to Pattaya, CTH TV, Sports Spirit channel will provide extensive “live” coverage of the main draw matches throughout the tournament from 6- 9 November, including the semi-finals and finals which will be held on Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November respectively from 15.30 onwards.
For more information on the tournament, contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd at Tel: 02-3113414/5 or via the website at www.pentanglepromotions.com