香港女子成年排球代表隊昨晚 (21日) 啟程前往泰國參加第三屆亞洲女排挑戰盃，今次比賽為女子隊自2019年亞洲錦標賽後首次參與國際比賽，期望能夠衝擊港隊於國際賽上首面獎牌。
今屆賽事共6支隊伍參賽，除了港隊及東道主泰國 (U20)，其他隊伍有新加坡、馬來西亞、印度及烏茲別克。賽事將會以單循環形式進行，以決定最終名次。因為挑戰盃以提升亞洲次一級球隊水平為目標，然而泰國屬亞洲前八位球隊，所以泰國U20只能以表演性質參賽，與其餘五隊的對賽成績不會計算在內。首場賽事於6月24日 (五) 展開。
6月24日 (五) 18:00 對 泰國U20
6月25日 (六) 15:30 對 馬來西亞
6月26日 (日) 15:30 對 新加坡
6月28日 (二) 15:30 對 印度
6月29日 (三) 13:00 對 烏茲別克
Hong Kong Senior Women’s Volleyball Team
Are All Set for the 3rd AVC Women Challenge Cup
Hong Kong Senior Women’s Volleyball Team left for Thailand last night (21 June) to participate in the 3rd AVC Women Challenge Cup. This will be the first international competition since the 2019 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship. They aim to book the top four spot or even claim their first-ever medal at an international competition.
The COVID pandemic earlier this year forced Hong Kong Team’s training to pause since the sports facilities were closed. Even so, players remained in fitness training to maintain their fitness level and prepare for facilities reopening. Since relaxing the disease prevention measures in April, they've been back to training in full. The support from the Fitness Coach Team as well as CUHK Sports Medicine Team has facilitated players to improve their condition in a short period of time.
Captain CHIM Wing Lam has set a target to reach the final four in the Challenge Cup and has eyes on the medal, “The level of teams is really close; hopefully, we could achieve the best result to prove we are in a certain level and build confidence for the postponed Asian Games in 2023.”
Vice-captain YU Ying Chi appreciated the support from the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China, which arranged many training courts and provided various assistance once training resumed. “We will do our best to improve our ability and chemistry among teammates even though time is limited. After the intensive training these two months, we are back to a competitive level but, indeed, we were lack of competition in the past two years. Hopefully, we could show our opponents what we’ve got in Challenge Cup.”
Due to the impact of the pandemic, there were no regular competitions and training last two years. Head coach KWOK Kin Chuen claimed that his plan was disrupted, “We planned some tactics and fitness training before COVID, but it did not go as expected. Fortunately, players have got back in condition after intensive training since April. They are now able to compete.” He emphasized the final goal is still the postponed Asian Games. KWOK hopes to review the performance from the Challenge Cup in order to adjust his training plan in the future and also strive for the best result in this competition. He had never seen the players as desperate for competition as they are right now, and he is delighted about it, “They are so aggressive in training these days. We could see they have a clear objective: to become the final four in the Challenge Cup. I am sure that our players are confident of overcoming any challenges.”
Six teams will participate in the Challenge Cup, including the host Thailand (U20), Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Uzbekistan. Starting on 24 June (Friday), the teams will play in a round-robin format to decide the final position. The Challenge Cup aims to elevate the volleyball level of second tier teams in Asia. Yet, Thailand is the top 8 teams; the host will only join the competition as performance and the result will not be taken account for the eventual Challenge Cup winner.
Match Schedule (Hong Kong Time):
24 June (Friday) 18:00 vs Thailand U20
25 June (Saturday) 15:30 vs Malaysia
26 June (Sunday) 15:30 vs Singapore
28 June (Tuesday) 15:30 vs India
29 June (Wednesday) 13:00 vs Uzbekistan
*All schedules should be relied on the announcement by the Organizer.
Hong Kong Team Roster:
Team Manager: SHEK TSUI Wai Fun Marina
Head Coach: KWOK Kin Chuen
Assistant Coach: WONG Ying Hung, SO Ka Nok
Referee: LAM Ka Wai
Team Official: FONG Ka Yee
CHEUNG Hiu Nok Michelle
LAW Ho Fung Thyllis
FUNG Tsz Yan
YICK Wing Sum
LAU Ho Ting
YEUNG Sau Mei
CHIM Wing Lam (Captain)
LO Mei Kei
PANG Wing Lam
YU Ying Chi (Vice-Captain)
CHAN Ming Wai
WONG Sze Wing
TO Wing Man
NGAI Kwai Ting
Hong Kong Senior Women’s Volleyball Team has arrived Thailand last night to participate in the 3rd AVC Women Challenge Cup. This will be the first international competition since 2019.
Hong Kong Team has eyes on a medal in the Challenge Cup.
Hong Kong Team will play against the other five teams in a round-robin format. The competition will start on 24 June.