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Last stop on Road to Tokyo 2020 all set up

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 23, 2019 - The last ten tickets (five per gender) for the volleyball tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be punched in January at the continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments - and these tournaments are now all set and confirmed.

Tokyo Volleyball Qualification – Final results and standings - Men

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 11, 2019 – Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification action was completed on Sunday with twelve matches played across six pools. The top team in each pool earned a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games including Brazil (Pool A), USA (Pool B), Italy (Pool C), Poland (Pool D), Russia (Pool E) and Argentina (Pool F).

Italy defeat Serbia to make up the Tokyo 2020 numbers

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 11, 2019 - Italy wrapped up a thrilling day of Olympic qualifiers across the world, crushing Serbia on Sunday night in Bari 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19) in just an hour and a half to secure the weekend's last available ticket for the men's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Pool A: Brazil mount spectacular comeback against Bulgaria to book Olympic berth

Varna, Bulgaria, August 11, 2019 – Brazil meet Bulgaria for the Tokyo 2020 spot after recording victories in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Tournament on the first two days of competition.

Pool B: Anderson on target as USA claim spot at 2020 Olympics

Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 11, 2019 – USA topped the final standings in the men’s Pool B of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification and claimed a spot at the 2020 Olympics.

Pool C: Italy hop on day’s last train to Tokyo

Bari, Italy, August 11, 2019 – Italy were the last team to book a 2020 Olympic ticket from the first intercontinental stage of the men’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments. At home, in Bari, they produced an emphatic 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19) victory over Serbia to top the Pool C final standings unbeaten. Ivan Zaytsev contributed 13 points to Italy’s win.

Pool D: Bieniek leads scoring as Poland get job done and start packing for Tokyo

Gdansk, Poland, August 11, 2019 – Hosts Poland survived a first-set scare against Slovenia in the last match of Pool D of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification to master a 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21) victory and claim the first place in the pool standings unbeaten.

Pool E: Poletaev and Russia shut out Iran to secure Tokyo quota

St. Petersburg, Russia, August 11, 2019 – In the deciding match in Pool E of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification, the men’s national team of Russia hammered out a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23) shutout of Iran to claim their third victory in St. Petersburg and a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games. Victor Poletaev contributed 19 points to his side’s victory.

Pool F: Argentina first to qualify for Tokyo!

Ningbo, China, August 11, 2019 – Argentina became the first men’s team to join hosts Japan on the list of participants in the 2020 Olympic volleyball tournament.

Giant leap for Poland on Road to Tokyo 2020, but all tickets remain unclaimed

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 10, 2019 - Poland took a huge step towards a ticket to the men's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Saturday afternoon in Gdansk when they shut out France 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) in the deciding match of their pool, though all six Olympic tickets available this weekend remain unclaimed, ahead of Sunday's closing day of the qualifiers. Here's how Saturday unfolded across the six pools:

Luburic leads Serbia to victory over Cameroon, Italy fight off Australia

Bari, Italy, August 10, 2019 – Serbia and hosts Italy remained undefeated after the second competition day in Pool C of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification and are set to face each other in Sunday’s showdown, with the pool’s single available Olympic ticket at stake.

Brazil and Bulgaria stay on winning track towards Tokyo

Varna, Bulgaria, August 10, 2019 – Hosts Bulgaria are set to challenge reigning Olympic champions Brazil for the one Tokyo 2020 ticket available in Pool A of the Olympic men’s volleyball qualifications, as both teams mastered straight-set victories in Saturday’s second matches to stay unbeaten in Varna.

USA, Netherlands stay unbeaten in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 10, 2019 – The top spot on the final standings in Pool B of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification will be decided in a direct battle between United States and hosts Netherlands on Sunday, after both teams managed their second wins of the tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday.

Poland crush France to get within one set from ticket to Tokyo

Gdansk, Poland, August 10, 2019 – With a 17-point contribution from the game’s best scorer Wilfredo Leon Venero, hosts Poland hammered out a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) shutout of main contender France in Pool D of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification on Saturday to remain the only undefeated team in Gdansk.

Russia and Iran score second wins to stay on track

St. Petersburg, Russia, August 10, 2019 – Iran and hosts Russia scored their second victories in Pool E of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification on Saturday to set up their Sunday’s clash with each other as the decider for the single Olympic quota available from the event in St. Petersburg.

Argentina and China stay in contention in Ningbo

Ningbo, China, August 10, 2019 – Argentina and hosts China are set to decide who will claim the Pool F ticket to Japan as they face each other at the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Ningbo on Sunday. The South American side need to win just two sets to qualify.

Advantage Argentina as men's Olympic qualifiers get underway

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9, 2019 - Argentina registered a huge win over Canada 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23) that could very well prove decisive in the race for a ticket to the men's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as 24 teams opened their campaigns Friday in search of the six open berths up for grabs this weekend.

Brazil begin Tokyo Volleyball Qualification campaign in Pool A with victory

Varna, Bulgaria, August, 9, 2019 - Brazil defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) in their opening match in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A in Varna on Friday.

Netherlands open Pool B with victory against Korea

Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 9, 2019 - The Netherlands defeated Korea in five sets 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12) in their first match in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool B in Rotterdam on Friday.

Serbia defeat Australia in Bari

Bari, Italy, August 9, 2019 - Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool C began with a victory for Serbia 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 32-30) on Friday in Bari.

Poland victorious against Tunisia in opening match in Pool D

Gdansk, Poland, August 9, 2019 - Reigning back-to-back world champions Poland defeated Tunisia in their opening match of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool D 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-19) in Gdansk.

Iran start Pool E with five-set victory over Cuba

St. Petersburg, Russia, August 9, 2019 - Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool E began with a five-setter between Iran and Cuba with the Asian team coming back from two sets down to claim victory in the tiebreaker 3-2 (23-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-10).

Pool F hosts China claim victory over Finland

Ningbo, China, August 9, 2019 - Jiang Chuan powered China to a 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23) victory against Finland in the opening match of Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool F in Ningbo, leading scoring for his team with 25 points. In the second match of the day in Ningbo, Argentina defeated Canada 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23) with Facundo Conte on 24 points for the South Americans.

Players geared up for intense weekend of Tokyo 2020 qualifiers

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2019 - Suspense is building around the world as 24 teams embark Friday on the Road to Tokyo 2020, with six tickets up for grabs this weekend to the men's volleyball tournament of next year's Olympic Games.

More drama on the way as men's qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 begin on Friday

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 7, 2019 - Following the excitement, suspense and drama of last weekend in the women's qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, more of the same is anticipated this weekend as 24 men's teams set off in search for six available tickets to the ultimate sporting event on the planet starting Friday.

Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification pool winners to receive Daruma doll

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 7, 2019 - Special good luck charms will safeguard and keep a watchful eye on the men's teams that will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments from August 9 to 11.

Serbia, Italy complete Tokyo 2020 puzzle

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 4, 2019 - Serbia and Italy were the last two teams to advance to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as this weekend's qualifiers across the world wrapped up on Sunday. They join Brazil, China, Russia and USA who had earlier punched their tickets, plus Japan who were qualified by default as hosts.

Italy power to three-set win against the Netherlands in Catania

Catania, Italy, August 4, 2019 – Italy were victorious against the Netherlands on their home court, as the all-European clash in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Tournament in Catania saw the hosts claim the ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Serbia victorious against Poland to claim Olympic berth

Wroclaw, Poland, August 4, 2019 – Serbia overpowered Poland in four sets in Wroclaw to claim an Olympic berth from Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A. With both teams winning their first two matches in the qualification tournament, the encounter between the two teams was the decider in the pool.

USA defeat Argentina in Shreveport

Shreveport-Bossier City, USA, August 4, 2019 – The United States defeated Argentina in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-13) to claim their ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games from Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool C on Sunday.

Russia claim spot at Tokyo 2020 after five-set win against Korea

Kaliningrad, Russia, August 4, 2019 – Russia claimed a five-set win against Korea 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-11) on Sunday to claim a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The two teams had won back-to-back matches on the first two days and were playing for the Olympic berth in the qualification tournament in Kaliningrad on Sunday, the final day of the competition.

China celebrate qualification for Tokyo 2020

Ningbo, China, August 4, 2019 – China defeated Turkey 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-18) on Sunday to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the two teams logged four-set victories on Saturday to set up a decider on the third day of the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool B tournament in Ningbo.

One down, five to go, as race for Tokyo 2020 continues

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 4, 2019 - Two-time Olympic champions Brazil became the first team to claim a berth at the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, though only the long way round with an incredible 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 15-10) over the Dominican Republic, Saturday in Uberlandia.

Netherlands remain on track in Catania

Catania, Italy, August 3, 2019 – The Netherlands remained on track in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool F on Saturday with a second win earned in three sets against Kenya 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10).

Goncharova scores 21 as Russia and Korea earn second victories in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad, Russia, August 3, 2019 – Hosts Russia and Korea claimed their second victories in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool E on Saturday as the hosts defeated Canada 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-22) and Korea outplayed Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 26-24). Russia and Korea meet on Sunday in Kaliningrad to decide the pool winners.

Brazil claim Olympic ticket with tie-break triumph against Dominican Republic

Uberlandia, Brazil, August 3, 2019 – Brazil claimed the ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, following their 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 15-10) triumph against the Dominican Republic in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool D tournament in Uberlandia.

United States defeat Bulgaria in Pool C

Shreveport-Bossier City, USA, August 3, 2019 – After recording wins on the opening day, the United States and Bulgaria played for second victories in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool C with the North Americans claiming a five-set victory.

Gunes and Boz combine for 42 in four-set win over Czech Republic

Ningbo, China, August 3, 2019 – Zehra Gunes and Meryem Boz scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, leading Turkey to a 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17) win over the Czech Republic in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool B tournament in Ningbo.

Boskovic and teammates score second win in Wroclaw for Serbia

Wroclaw, Poland, August 3, 2019 – Reigning world champions Serbia scored a second victory in Wroclaw on Saturday by defeating Puerto Rico in three sets 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-16) in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A.

All favourites on track at start of Road to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2, 2019 - All the top favourites prevailed, with varying degrees of difficulty, over weaker opponents as play opened on Friday in five more pools of the women's qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Serbia master three-set victory against Thailand in Pool A

Wroclaw, Poland, August 2, 2019 - Tijana Boskovic scored 28 points and Brankica Mihajlovic 15 as Serbia opened their Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A campaign with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18) victory against Thailand.

Zhu Ting leads China to victory against the Czechs in Ningbo

Ningbo, China, August 2, 2019 – Hosts China beat the Czech Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19), while Turkey edged Germany 3-1 (27-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-20) in Pool B of the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification at Beilun Sports and Arts Centre in Ningbo on Friday.

United States dominate Kazakhstan in Pool C

Shreveport-Bossier City, USA, August 2, 2019 - The United States led on all fronts to beat Kazakhstan, while Bulgaria came up with a four-set win over Argentina on the first day of the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool C in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana on Saturday.

Brazil and Dominican Republic stay on course with two wins in Uberlandia

Uberlandia, Brazil, August 2, 2019 – Brazil and the Dominican Republic stayed on course in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Uberlandia after earning their respective second victories on Friday.

Kim Yeon-koung scores 37 to power Korea to victory against Canada in Pool E

Kaliningrad, Russia, August 2, 2019 - In the first match of the day in Pool E, Korea defeated Canada 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20). Kim Yeon-koung led scoring for the Asian team with a stunning 37 points. Alexa Lea Gray scored 22 for the North Americans.

Egonu on target as Italy defeat Kenya in Pool F

Catania, Italy, August 2, 2019 - Pool F hosts Italy claimed a 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-14) victory against Kenya in Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool F on Friday with Paola Egonu leading her team in scoring with 15 points.

Brazil, Dominican Republic take first step on Road to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 1, 2019 - Two-time Olympic champions Brazil have inched closer to a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with their opening win Thursday 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-16) over Cameroon as the women's Olympic Qualification process got off to an early start. The Dominican Republic followed Brazil's lead in the tournament at Uberlandia, wrapping up the opening day with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18) sweep of Azerbaijan.

Dominican Republic and Brazil begin with victories in Pool D on Thursday

Uberlandia, Brazil, August 1, 2019 – Brazil and the Dominican Republic started with straight-set victories in the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Uberlandia on Thursday.

24 lined up for six Olympic tickets to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 1, 2019 - Twenty-four women's teams are all lined up this week, in search for six available tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as the qualification process for the grandest sporting event on the planet begins today and heats up over the weekend.

Daruma dolls to watch over Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 26, 2019 - Special good luck charms will safeguard and keep a watchful eye on volleyball teams that as of next week will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, following the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments.

Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo 2020 #1YearToGo

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2019 - The FIVB has promised a volleyball homecoming party one year from today when the sport returns to its Olympic birthplace at Tokyo 2020.

Fromm excited for Germany future despite mixed VNL showing

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 4, 2019 – Germany’s 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League may have finished with defeat to Japan on Sunday, but Christian Fromm, one of the team’s leading players remains confident that the team has a bright future.

Women’s volleyball set for historic final day at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1, 2019 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed last week that the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature the women’s volleyball final, in what will be a historic day for the sport.

Banks takes charge of Finland’s men

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 30, 2019 – Joel Banks has taken over as Finland’s men’s coach for the next two and a half years. He is currently finishing up his duties in charge of Greenyard Maaseik in the Belgian league and will take over Finland once the domestic season ends.

Dates of 2020 Olympic tournaments unveiled

Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2019 – With 465 days to go before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the organizing committee has announced the competition schedule for the record 33 sports, including beach volleyball and volleyball, featured at the major quadrennial event to be held in the Japanese capital from July 24 to August 9 next year.

Canada women’s team technical staff revealed

Ottawa, Canada, April 16, 2019 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the staff that will join head coach Tom Black, previously named assistant coach, Ben Josephson, and assistant/NexGen coach Shannon Winzer for the upcoming international season, with key events including an Olympic qualification tournament in Russia from August 2 to 4.

Volleyball Canada announces coaching staff for 2019 international season

Ottawa, Canada, March 27, 2019 - Volleyball Canada has finalized its 2019 men’s team roster of coaching staff. The Canadian men's team will participate in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League as of May 31, before also taking part in an Olympic Qualification Tournament hosted by China from August 9-11.

Lavarini to lead Korea's women in 2019 VNL and Olympic qualifiers

Seoul, Korea, March 13, 2019 - The appointment of Italy's Stefano Lavarini as head coach of Korea's women's national team ahead of their participation in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League has been officially announced by the country's volleyball federation.

Poland to face Brazil in final test before Olympic qualification

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 1, 2019 – Reigning world champions Poland will host reigning Olympic champions Brazil in their final competition before the International Olympic Qualification Tournaments take place.

Alberto Giuliani to coach Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 24, 2019. After parting ways with Slobodan Kovač, the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia appointed Alberto Giuliani as the new head coach of their men’s national team ahead of a challenging season with as many as three major competitions.

Tom Black to coach Canada women's team

Ottawa, Canada, February 11, 2019 - Volleyball Canada has named its new women’s indoor programme head coach. Tom Black, current head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs programme and former assistant coach for the United States national team, will take over Canada’s women’s programme beginning May 2019.

Heynen sets Tokyo 2020 qualification goal

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2019 – Poland men’s coach Vital Heynen has one overriding aim for 2019, qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Huge matchups on road to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2019 - Some immense clashes are coming up this year as the very tight Olympic qualification process begins with the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournaments set to provide incredible thrills for volleyball fans across the world as teams battle it out to make Tokyo 2020, the ultimate sporting event of the globe.

Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament hosts announced

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 30, 2019 - Eleven of the twelve hosts of the FIVB Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournaments to be held in August have been confirmed. The women's tournaments will be played from August 2 to 4 and be followed by the men's tournaments from August 9 to 11.

Kovac and Slovenia part ways

Ljubljana, Slovenia, January 25, 2019 - It will be an important year for Slovenian volleyball. With the men's and women's teams competing at the European Championships and the men's team at an Olympic Qualification Tournament, there will be a lot at stake for one of European volleyball's superpowers.

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