Eight teams ready for the 2022 Asian Club Volleyball Championship in Tehran
They will be vying for the highest honor and the only berth up for grabs for the 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship.
Suntory Sunbirds, 2020-21 Japanese V. League Division 1 champion, Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC, 2020-21 Thai League winner, Tehran Peykan of Iran A, 2021 Iranian Volleyball Super League runner-up -22 and Iraq B’s South Gas Sports Club are in Pool A, while Pool B includes Al-Rayyan Sports Club, winners of the 2021-22 Qatar Volleyball League and 40th Arab Club Championship, Taraz VC of Kazakhstan, Shahdab Yazd of Iran B, the Iranian 2021-22 Volleyball Super League Champion and Erbil Sport Club of Iraq A.
All participating teams will play the pool round robin preliminaries from May 14-16 and after that will be ranked in the respective rankings until their performances in the pool games.
May 17 is the day of rest. The championship resumes the next day in the highly anticipated quarter-finals, with the pool winners playing the fourth-placed team in the same pool and the second-placed team playing the third-placed team.
The four winning teams will advance to the semi-finals, while the losers will be relegated to the seeding round for 5th-8th places, asianvolleyball.net reported.
In the previous 21 editions, Iran ruled the roost with 15 titles, followed by Korea (2) and Qatar, Kazakhstan, China and Chinese Taipei at one each.
The 2020 edition was previously scheduled to take place in Thailand, but was eventually canceled due to serious concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.