Rome, Italy, July 16, 2004 –
Unprecedented number of teams witness momentous day.
eyes of a record number of 174 teams - 97 men's and 77
women's teams - participating in the 2006 Volleyball
World Championships, were focused on Rome, Italy on
Friday when the Drawing of Lots ceremony for the
International Volleyball Federation’s most prestigious
event, took place in the inspirational setting of the
beautiful Giardino d'Inverno room in the Westin
The ceremony, which coincides with the opening day of
the 2004 World League Finals in Rome, involved a
record 101 countries with the popular African country
Eritrea being the 101st registered, making the 2006
World Championships the biggest ever contested in FIVB
historical world record participation of 174 teams is
a breathtaking demonstration of the tremendous
achievement of our sport worldwide,” FIVB President Dr
Rubén Acosta said when he officially opened the event.
"We thank the organizer for their excellent
preparation and conduction of the ceremony and the
Italian Volleyball Federation and the FIVB.”
The Drawing of Lots confirmed the distribution of
teams within each Confederation for the opening rounds
of the 2006 World Championships, which will determine
who progresses to the final round of 24 teams each for
men and women for a total of 48 teams in Japan.
Pic: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta
closing the Drawing of Lots ceremony
A total of 21 tournaments spread across five
continents will be held to find the 22 women’s teams
to proceed to the Final Round in Japan with the men’s
draw containing 31 tournaments.
first, second and third rounds for both men and women
will be completed by the end of August, 2005 from
where the draw for the Final Round in Japan will take
place within the following two months.
As hosts, the Japan men's and women's teams have
already qualified for the final 24 along with the
defending 2002 world champions; The Brazilian men's
and the Italian women's teams.
Pic: Dr Acosta (r) shakes hands with Italian
Volleyball Federation President Mr. Carlo Magri. TBS
Vice President Mr. Kiyoshi Wakabayashi is behind
Being staged every four years, the World
Championships, which first started in Prague 1949 for
men and in Moscow in 1952 for women, are the FIVB's
most important Volleyball competition as they
incorporate a first round followed by a second round
series of tournaments in a process that climaxes with
a grand finale of the best 24 teams in each gender.
The last World Championships were held in 2002 in
Germany for women and in Argentina for men.