Asian Champions Al Arabi of Qatar are placed in group ‘B’ with Zenit Kazan of Russia, PGE SKRA B of Poland and Zamalek of Egypt in the FIVB Club World Championships to be held in Doha from October 13 to 18.Qatar’s second team and hosts Al Rayyan are in group ‘A’ consisting of Trentino Diatec of Italy, South American Champions (yet to be decided) and Tiger N Leon of Mexico.The draw for the championship took place at the Qatar Olympic Committee headquarters yesterday in the presence of Theofanis Tsiokris, second FIVB Vice President and Khalid Ali al- Mawlawi, President of Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA). The draw was conducted by Piero Rebandengo, Sports Programs Director, FIVB along with Qatari national players Saeed Salem and Othman.“My association with Qatar Volleyball Association goes back a few years and I learnt that they mean business.“The tournament has been a success in the past and I’m sure the fourth and final edition here in Doha will be a hit,” said Tsiokris. “Top clubs from five continents will be competing in this event and we will see some world class players in action. I wish Qatar and the participation teams all the best,” the second FIVB Vice-President added.QVA president al- Mawlawi was also pleased with the draw and was hopeful of the local teams doing well in the tournament.“Both the groups are even. Personally I would have liked to get an easy group for one of our sides but that’s the way it is. As per FIVB rules we can have six overseas players playing in the tournament and hopefully our teams can rope in some strong players,” said al-Mawlawi adding that the association will do everything in their capacity to help the teams to find players and support them financially.“We are ready to help the teams in every possible way. All kind of assistance will be given to them so that they will be able to put up a strong performance in the tournament.”Al Rayyan president Nasser al-Malki, too, was pleased with the draw and was hoping to get clearance from FIVB for a few overseas players.“We have tried to make our team strong. However, we are facing some transfer problems and we are still awaiting a green signal from FIVB. If that is solved we are confident of matching any top team in the tournament,” felt al-Malki.
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