The host Bahrainis were once again fuelled by a massive home crowd that packed Isa Sports City in Riffa as they easily disposed of Gulf rivals Qatar 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-10) in a match that lasted just a little over an hour.
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Also today, Taipei, India and Sri Lanka all joined Bahrain in claiming their second victories of this preliminary stage. Taipei beat Pakistan, India outplayed New Zealand and Sri Lanka battled past Australia.
Elsewhere, Thailand enjoyed their first win after beating Turkmenistan in a thrilling five-setter. They had to come back from a set down before securing the result. Macau were also winners for the first time after overpowering the Maldives, while Jordan bounced back from an opening day defeat with a win over the UAE.
The Preliminary Round continues on Monday at the same venue from 11.30am onwards. Games are being played simultaneously in two arenas. Entrance for spectators is free and all are welcome to watch.
At the end of this stage, all the participating nations will be ranked from one to 23, depending on where they finish in their respective Pools. From this ranking, the match-ups will be determined for the knockout stage, with teams ranked ninth to 23rd vying for eight places to join the overall top eight in a Round of 16.
The 23-nation Asian U20 Championship is following this complicated competition format for the first time.
The tournament has been organised by the Asian Volleyball Confederation in cooperation with the Bahrain Volleyball Association.
It is being held under the patronage of His Majesty the King’s Charity Works and Youth Affairs Representative, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
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