VNL: 8 Thai players tested positive for COVID-19, replaced

Thailand at VNL Week 2 in Manila.

Thailand at VNL Week 2 in Manila. – FIVB photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Thai Volleyball Nations League (VNL) has brought in a substitute for Week 2 after eight members tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Thai news outlet SMM Sport, Wipawi Srithong, Jarasporn Bundasak, Kathali Pinsuwan, Kannika Thipachat and Tichaya Bunlart have flown to the Philippines to bolster the underprivileged national team.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

The Bangkok Post reports that Pianut Panay, Supatra Pyroz, Wacheria Nuanzam and Sutadata Chueulim tested positive on Sunday, two days before the Queens City leg opener.

Sasipaporn Janthavisut, Hattaya Bamrungsuk, Tichakorn Bunlart and Nathanicha Jaisan also contracted the virus a day after Thailand beat Canada in a straight set on Tuesday.

With the Thais having a poor line-up due to infection, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has allowed the national team to bring in substitutes as it continues to campaign until Sunday.

“FIVB and Volleyball World have allowed eight members of the Thai women’s national volleyball team to participate in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 2 in the Philippines due to the exceptional medical condition related to Kovid-19. Teams to register additional players as part of a special replacement procedure, ‚ÄĚread the FIVB statement.

“The special replacement procedure was agreed upon by the remaining seven participating teams in VNL’s Pool 4, which is currently taking place in the Philippines from 14 to 19 June.”

If there are concerns about Covid-19, FIVB is allowing other teams to get substitutes.

“In addition, all parties participating in VNL 2022 have been informed that FIVB / Volleyball World will allow exceptional medical replacements related to COVID-19,” the federation added.

Thailand arrived last June 7 and played an exhibition match against the Philippine women’s volleyball team at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.

The Thais have won four of their first five games in the tournament with 11 points.

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