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India's History in Asian Men's Volleyball Championship

Published at :August 31, 2023 at 12:15 AM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 6:40 PM
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Gourav Samal

India finished 11th in the recently concluded edition.

The Indian Volleyball team finished 11th in the recently concluded Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship 2023 after beating Iraq in the (11th-12th) classification match. India commenced their campaign with a defeat to Qatar in three sets (0-3). However, they showcased a commanding performance, emerging victorious over Afghanistan with a score-line of (25-15, 25-23, 23-24, 25-19), thus securing their position in the knockout stage.

In the Round of 12, the blue colts lost in a close encounter to China (2-3) and the slip continued further with the loss against Indonesia (0-3) in the (7th-10th) classification match.

In this article, we shall delve into India’s illustrious legacy in the realm of Volleyball, exploring its noteworthy achievements in the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship throughout the years.

History of Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship

The Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship is an esteemed international volleyball tournament held in Asia and Oceania. This highly anticipated event showcases the remarkable skills and talents of senior men’s national teams representing the respective members of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), which serves as the governing body for the sport in the continent.

The inaugural tournament took place in 1975, featuring the participation of seven national teams. The distinguished honor of claiming the first gold medal was achieved by the Japan men’s national volleyball team. Subsequently, in the succeeding edition held in 1979, it was the China men’s national volleyball team that emerged as the triumphant victors.

The interval between championships was initially four years, however, beginning in 1987, the tournament has been held biennially.

India’s performance in Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship history

India did not participate in the inaugural edition of the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship in 1975, but they made their debut in the subsequent tournament held in 1979, where they achieved a fifth-place finish.

India has participated in 19 out of the 22 editions, including the recently concluded 22nd edition. Over the course of the past decade, India achieved their best result in the 2013 edition by securing the seventh position where they defeated Bahrain at Funabashi Arena, Chiba in Japan.

India’s best performance in Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship

Fourth-place finish (2005)

India achieved their best result in the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship with a commendable fourth-place finish in 2005.

The 2005 edition took place in Suphan Buri, Thailand, from the 20th to 27th of September. The tournament featured the participation of 18 teams, with India assigned to Pool C alongside Bahrain and Chinese Taipei as fellow contenders.

India commenced their campaign with a resounding triumph over Bahrain, emerging victorious in three consecutive sets. Subsequently, they continued their winning streak by overcoming the challenge posed by Chinese Taipei, once again securing victory in straight sets.

In the quarterfinal round, India was placed in Pool E alongside China, Thailand and Qatar, where they finished second and booked a place in the semifinals.

However, the team was unable to maintain its superior performance in the semifinals and ultimately suffered defeat at the hands of Japan, with a final score of 25-17, 25-23, 36-34. In the subsequent match, the team unfortunately conceded victory to South Korea in the contest for third place.

It is worth noting that Japan stands as the most successful team in the tournament, clinching a remarkable nine titles.

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