Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2004 - The Drawing of Lots for the three Men's World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in Japan, Portugal and Spain in May was completed on Monday in Tokyo under the supervision of FIVB Executive Vice-President Dr. Saleh A. Bin Nasser from Saudi Arabia and FIVB Executive Member Professor Hiroshi Toyoda from Japan.
The World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Japan from May 22-30, which also doubles as the Asian Continental Olympic Qualifying tournament, will see the hosts entertain Algeria, Canada, France, Korea, China, Australia and Iran with one Olympic ticket going to the winner and then a second Olympic ticket being awarded to the top Asian team. In the event an Asian team wins the tournament, the next best-Asian team will claim the second ticket as the Continental Olympic qualifier.
The World Olympic Qualifying tournaments in Portugal, from May 21-23, and Spain, from May 28-30, sees Kazakhstan, Venezuela and Poland join Portugal, and Spain host Cameroon, Cuba and the Netherlands. The winners of each tournament will claim an Olympic ticket to Athens.
Drawing of Lots:
Portugal (May 21-23): Portugal, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Poland
Japan (May 22-30): Japan, Algeria, Canada, France, Korea, China, Australia, Iran
Spain (May 28-30): Spain, Cameroon, Cuba, the Netherlands
The four tickets on offer across the three tournaments will complete the men's Volleyball Olympic Games qualification process with a total of 12 teams.
The eight men's teams already qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics are Greece, Brazil, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, Russia, USA, Argentina, Tunisia.
Meanwhile, the final four teams to complete the women's Volleyball Olympic Games qualification process will be found at a World Olympic Qualification tournament in Japan from May 8-16, which also doubles as the Asian Continental Olympic Qualification tournament, with the hosts playing off with Korea, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico and Nigeria for the final four tickets.
Women's teams already qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics: Greece, China, Brazil, USA, Dominican Republic, Germany, Kenya and Cuba.
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