Pools confirmed for intercontinental Olympic qualification

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Luxembourg, January 8, 2019. The pool composition for the intercontinental Olympic qualifiers due to take place in August is out after the FIVB published their updated ranking for national teams as per January 1, 2019 and placed the 24 teams in the pools according to the serpentine system. There will be as many as 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams from Europe fighting for a spot to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and for the fulfilment of the ultimate dream of any athlete! 

The women will open the programme of the Olympic qualification with six tournaments scheduled for August 2-4, 2019; the FIVB will announce the respective organisers later this month, but the pool composition let us expect some very close fights and exciting matches on the road to Tokyo:

Pool A: Serbia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Poland 
Pool B: China, Turkey, Germany, Czech Republic 
Pool C: USA, Argentina, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan 
Pool D: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Azerbaijan 
Pool E: Russia, Korea, Canada, Mexico 
Pool F: The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Kenya. 

The eventual winners of these single round-robin tournaments will join hosts Japan for the Volleyball competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Despite being among the top 24 teams in the world excluding Olympic hosts Japan, Cuba did not confirm their participation and as a result, the next best team, i.e. Poland, has taken their spot bringing the number of European teams involved in the process up to 11. 

The pool composition for the men’s qualifiers scheduled for August 9-11 reads as follows:

Pool A: Brazil, Egypt, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico 
Pool B: USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Korea 
Pool C: Italy, Serbia, Australia, Cameroon 
Pool D: Poland, France, Slovenia, Tunisia 
Pool E: Russia, Iran, Cuba, Mexico 
Pool F: Canada, Argentina, Finland, China 

As with the women, the eventual winners of these single round-robin tournaments will join hosts Japan for the Volleyball competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

The last stage of the Olympic qualification process will then follow in January 2020 with the continental phase involving eight teams per gender, i.e. the seven best from the European Ranking released after EuroVolley 2019 and not yet qualified for Tokyo 2020 plus the eventual organisers of the respective tournaments. 

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reigning World Champions Poland will have to deal with a tough pool including the likes of France and Slovenia. 

 

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