Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2012—With the Road to London clearly before them, 46 teams representing 17 countries have two teams each in Moscow this week as pool play got underway in the double gender 2012 FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament where two teams from each gender will emerge with spots in the field of 24 for next month’s 2012 London Olympic Games.
Competing on the grounds of the Vodny Royal Yacht Club alongside the Moscow River, the 12 men’s and 11 women’s teams have begun play in four pools as the men have two pools of six teams and the women have one of six and one of five in this unique-format country competition. With countries from the same FIVB Confederations split into separate pools, play will continue through Sunday. The top two national federations per gender from this competition will claim the final two berths to the Games, completing the beach volleyball lineup. After pool play, the top two countries in each gender will playoff in a final showdown for the final two tickets to London.
In Sunday’s finale, the top team from Pool A will play the second place team from Pool B and first from Pool B will meet second from Pool A in each gender with the two winning nations qualifying for the Olympics.
In men’s Pool A are two teams each from the Netherlands, Nigeria, Chile, Russia, Mexico and Australia while men’s Pool B consists of teams from Poland, Angola, Uruguay, Austria, Cuba and China.
For the women, in Pool A are double-tandems from China, Kenya, Uruguay, Italy and Switzerland, while Pool A has teams from Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Venezuela, Russia, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Russia entered the tournament as the host nation while all the other teams except Italy qualified as the second and third place finishers at each of the FIVB Continental Cup Finals. Austria in the men and Italy in the women qualified as the fourth place team at the Europe Continental Cup as the CEV was previously selected to fill the field due to the need to have an extra team because the host nation (Russia) is competing in the event, hoping as well to earn a place in the upcoming Olympic Games.
Countries with two teams each in both the men and women’s competition are China, Netherlands, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay.
With the men playing two rounds of pool play and the women one on Thursday, early action at the Vodny venue saw men’s competition where the Netherlands defeated Australia, 2-1, Cuba winning 2-0 over Angola, Austria defeating Uruguay 2-0 and Poland topping China 2-0.
With 22 countries having earned spots in the 24-team Olympic field for each gender, the official country nominations for individual teams will be announced on July 9 by the FIVB.
The beach volleyball competition in London will be held in a purpose-built 15,000-seat stadium at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in central London from July 28 through August 9.
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